Dragons Breath Elixir for Immunity

Over the colder winter months, I always add a little cayenne pepper into my regular Ginger Lemon Water morning routine.  It’s an excellent immune booster and helps to boost the gut and the metabolism which naturally slows at this time of year.

Lemon is a fantastic all-rounder, great for detoxification, digestion, and your skin, and delicious when mixed with Ginger. Ginger is a great expectorant, which has been traditionally used to relieve gastro issues and sickness. It is imbued with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. I always keep the skin on or advise my clients to scrape off the skin with a teaspoon, as most of its medicinal qualities are found close to the skin.  Finally, we add Cayenne which contains a myriad of health benefits.

The cayenne pepper, also known as the Guinea spice has been used therapeutically in many societies, especially those of the Americas and China. The active component in cayenne pepper is called capsaicin, not only a well known joint-pain reliever, but also increases fat loss by increasing energy expenditure. Be careful though; a little goes a long way!


Anti-Cold and Flu Agent


Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up congested mucus. As mucus leaves the body, relief from cold symptoms follows quickly.


Anti-Irritant Properties


Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, and irritating coughs.


Digestive Aid


Cayenne is also used as a digestive aid. It increases the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation of food and elimination of toxins.


Detox Support


Cayenne is a known circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms.


Supports Weight Loss


Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.


Dragons Breath Elixir Recipe


This is my favourite tried-and-tested wellness booster shot, given its name (the Dragons Breath bit at least), by my nephew!  The body is cleansed by the ginger lemon combination, and the cayenne pepper serves to speed the metabolism and to stimulate peristalsis. It also warms the body, providing heat. Remember not too much Cayenne!

Here’s how to make it:

  • Juice ½-1 whole lemon
  • Juice 2.5 cm’s of ginger
  • Add a dash or two of cayenne pepper

Knock it back in colder climes on a daily basis, or at the onset of a cold.   You’ll feel the effects fairly quickly. I haven’t gotten sick in a long time!


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  • Chuck Hemesley
    Posted at 17:17h, 24 November Reply

    This is fabulous – cayenne really sets this off. Sure this is why I haven’t caught the usual bug in Fall! Thanks for the tip 🙂

    • chrisjamesmindbody
      Posted at 09:36h, 02 December Reply

      You are welcome Chuck, pleased that you liked the recipe!

  • Jenifer Williams
    Posted at 17:47h, 24 November Reply

    I’ve been adding cayenne to my juices every day. I started off with lemon water, a bit to much to start with (beware) and carried on.

  • Margaret
    Posted at 20:18h, 12 February Reply

    Hi can you please tell me in which way I should make the dragons breath Do I need to use fresh ginger or do I crush it or blend it with the lemon. And how much should I use thank you.

    • chrisjamesmindbody
      Posted at 20:58h, 12 February Reply

      Hello Margaret, you can use fresh ginger – about 2.5 cms. You can either crush it or blend with the lemon. I cut the ginger into small pieces and simmer in some water for a few moments to release the active compounds. I then add the lemon juice.

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