THE MORNING ELIXIR
Paul Pitchford writes that upon waking a morning elixir “will satisfy dryness and bring the energy up and out of its dormant phase” of sleep. “When the body is stiff and the mind unclear after rising, it means that the liver has not completed its necessary blood purification.” He recommends drinking a morning elixir each day to purify and satiate the body’s need for hydration at that time. “Elixir” just meaning a refreshing, cleansing, and detoxifying beverage that is health-restorative. Sounds good to me! Some elixirs are more cleansing than others. Here are some examples to choose from:
Less detoxifying: Warming teas like ginger, mint, spice, cinnamon. Vegetable broths. Water with lemon.
Moderately detoxifying: Vegetable juices. Fruit juices. Wheat grass or wild blue-green algae powder in water.
More detoxifying: Root teas like dandelion, burdock, or chicory. Flower teas like chamomile, orange blossom, or red clover blossoms.
Morning elixirs should be drunk warm or at the very least served at room temperature. I believe people naturally crave elixirs in the morning. How many of you can’t go a day without a warm beverage to wake you up? We have turned coffee into the modern-day beverage of choice, but we would all be less dependent upon caffeine and less tired overall if we’d try one of these. Go ahead.