Monday, September 12, 2016

Coconut Oil Immuno-Melts

It's back to school time! This often means a change in schedule, sleeping and eating habits and more exposure to illness.  Coconut oil Immuno-Melts are the perfect solution to keeping your immune system strong during a time of increased demand.  Coconut oil Immuno-Melts  are easy to make, taste like lemon icing and are good for the entire family!

1 cup coconut oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1-2 tablespoon lemon zest or 5-10 drops of lemon oil

2-3 Tablespoons raw honey

1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger or garlic

Mix all ingredients in a small blender until well emulsified.  Under mixing may result in inconsistent taste. Pour mixed oil into silicon molds or mini muffin tins lined with parchment.  Place the filled molds in the fridge or freezer.  Once solidified, remove immuno-melts from their molds and store in an air tight   container in the fridge.  Enjoy as desired!

If you are having trouble getting the honey to mix evenly with the other ingredients, check out my troubleshooting tips from my Complete Guide to Coconut Oil Chocolates.

Cooling the coconut oil until it is semi-solid, allows for easy honey emulsification.

Blend all ingredients well with a blender.

Pour into molds.

Place in fridge or freezer to solidify. 

Why IMMUNO-MELTS work....

Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which boosts our immune response. Vitamin C is also a strong antioxidant, which means it helps protect against damage at the cellular level.   Lemons are also antiseptic in nature providing additional support against bacterial infection.  

What's more lemons also improve digestion, which encourages better absorption of other vitamins and minerals essential to a strong immune response.  This fresh smelling citrus fruit also helps eliminate the occurrence of kidney and gallstones.  The citrate in lemons prevents calcium from binding to other constituents that lead to the formation of crystals.  When all digestive organs are functioning well, better detoxification happens, which also decreases your risk of infection. 

Ginger, like lemons is a natural antibiotic and a strong antioxidant.  Ginger also provides anti-inflammatory  benefits and shows much promise to those battling various arthritides.  Ginger improves circulation and promotes better respiration which is beneficial to those battling a sinus or upper respiratory infection. Ginger is best known for preventing or lessening the symptoms of nausea but it has also displayed many anti-cancer properties especially for leukemic, skin, kidney, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

Honey and coconut oil not only make these Immuno-melts taste delicious but they too have many anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.  And if you are worried about all the fat calories, worry no more.  Coconut oil is metabolized in the liver which prevents fat storage and increases metabolism.  So you may even loose a few pounds while boosting your immune system.     

If you use garlic in addition to ginger or on it's own it will give these Immuno-melts super-powers.  Yes, garlic is by far one of nature's best disease preventers.  I have added up to 1 finely minced, large clove of garlic per recipe without any noses turning up.  If you are not sure how much garlic you will like, start out with 1/4 teaspoon and go up from there. 

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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