Super Sinus Juice Recipe: Juicing for Health Series.

Rich in raw ginger, antioxidants like vitamin C, my Super Sinus Juice will stimulate your taste buds and give your immune system a healthy boost. A bold dose of ginger is sure to give you that warm ginger buzz. This invigorating, fresh juice will make your eyes perk up, your head do a little shake and your mouth say"Wowsers!" You have been warned: this sweet-tart juice is spicy. But if you're tired of doing shots of hot sauce, hot mustard or wasabi to clear your sinuses - this recipe is worth a shot! Literally. Get my Super Sinus Juice recipe...

I Love Ginger Juice. Ginger is one ingredient that you can't squeeze in a citrus press, and you can't reallyblend it. (OK, it's possible to blend raw ginger, but it can get a bit mealy in texture). Raw ginger is best when juiced with a blend of fresh fruit/veggie juices. Thus, you will need some sort of juicing appliance to get this ginger juice kick.

No Juicer?? Ginger Craving Tip: If you are desperate and want some ginger without a juicer - try grating fresh ginger into a blender and blending it with fresh juice and coconut water ice or light smoothie ingredients. A good tsp-Tbsp of ginger will do it.

Another good option for your sinuses is inhaling hot ginger tea. Add a pouch of some fresh grated ginger to hot water and sweeten it to taste. Ginger tea bags are an even easier option (though I haven't tried this method).

Loving Your Ginger Buzz. That warming flavor wiggles on your tongue, then down your throat and up through your nose. It hums and sizzles for a few seconds before melting away into a warm soothing steam of spice. And then you want more, take another sip, and it starts again.

Real, Fresh Ginger
 is stimulating, invigorating, powerful and spicy. It is a warming ingredient that will perk up your senses and get your blood flowing. Ginger Ale from a can will not give you a true 'ginger buzz'. In fact, there are only a handful or truly respectful bottled 'ginger' beverages. Real fresh ginger is much more powerful than most products insinuate.

To get a bold ginger buzz,
 the ginger must be fresh, raw, and in this case - juiced. And if you really want an over-the-top "Oh my goodness, that's spicy!" moment, you will have to juice a brave amount of ginger.How's your ginger-drinking prowess?

Bonus Effects! Ginger is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and is well known for its tummy-soothing effects.

Spicy Red Cayenne: sideline spicy ingredient. You can add a tiny pinch or a few bold dashes. dash it on top, or swirl it in. Either way, you'll get an extra flame of heat for mouth - and out through your sinuses...breath out through your nose as you drink to speed things up.

Who Drinks Sinus Juice? 
I serve this juice to anyone with a cold, lazy immune system, stuffy nose or allergies. Congestion can sometimes be stimulated in such a way that your body naturally de-congests itself. No harsh pills needed. Super spicy soup, a spoonful of hot sauce, wasabi shots or my delicious choice for sinus clearing cravings: this juice. Give it a try and don't be afraid to add more ginger or cayenne if you're feeling brave!

Super Sinus Juice
makes about 12 ounces, 2 servings

1 large orange or minola, peeled
1/2 lemon, de-seeded and peeled
1 medium sweet or tart apple, chopped
*Fuji, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith are my faves
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, skin removed
cayenne spice
note: I always prefer organic ingredients when juicing.


1. Wash all your ingredients.

2. Peel your orange and 1/2 lemon - and remove the lemon seeds. Orange seeds are OK, since they aren't as bitter. Chop your apple into chunks that will fit in your juicer. You can juice the entire apple - core and all. Chop ginger into small chunks.

3. Before you start juicing, be aware that there are two procedures for this juice. You can use just your electric juicer. Or you can use both an electric juicer and a citrus juicer: 1) Add the citrus directly to your juicer and juice it pulp/skin and all. This will result in a 'thicker' juice since some of the pulp/skin juice will be extracted and is a bit thicker than pure citrus juice. 2) Juice the citrus in a citrus juicer/squeezer separately and add it to the apple/ginger juice. This will result in a thinner, less pulpy juice. Your choice.

4. Start juicing all your ingredients. Stir gently to swirl the flavors.

5. Pour into serving glasses and top with cayenne. One tiny pinch to a few bold dashes will work. You can always add more later.

Spiciness Troubleshooting:
 If the juice is too strong, juice another apple or two and add the juice into the mix.

If it is still too strong, try juicing in some celery or cucumber (if you have it on hand). This will cool down the ginger. But then again, this is super sinus juice, so hopefully you can brave the spicy sip.

Note: You can also substitute the orange for grapefruit - if you'd like.

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