Immune-Boosting Ginger Shots at Home

Immune-Boosting Ginger Shots at Home

After dealing with some unfortunate health issues, my little sister has finally come to the dark side of holistic health and clean food. I am so happy I could shout from the roof tops!

She bought a ridiculous amount of ginger, garlic, and lemons a couple weeks ago to make ginger shots…using my juicer, of course! We all took shots when she was done and joked about the place in L.A. that named their ginger shots “Face Melter” shots. Seriously, they are HOT!

My sis left me a bottle and I drank 1-2 ounces

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per day for a week. I have to say, they really perk you up! Way more than coffee ever did, that’s for sure!

Immune-boosing ginger shots at home! // This House of Joy

I ended up liking them so much that I just went out and bought supplies to make more.

Here’s what I did:

  • 1/4 lb ginger (anti-viral/anti-inflammatory, great for congestion)
  • 3 lemons (vitamin c, great for cleansing and detox)
  • 1 head garlic (anti-inflammatory/anti-bacterial/anti-viral)
  • Peel and chop the ginger and lemons, peel the garlic, and run them through your juicer. It should yield 8 ounces, which is 8 servings.
  • Sprinkle with turmeric (anti-inflammatory) and cayenne (anti-inflammatory/clears congestion) for a little boost. (I actually took a few turmeric caps with mine!)

You definitely don’t have to stick with the ratios I did. Seriously, just grab a handful of ginger, garlic, and lemons and throw them in the juicer. Adjust the ratios to your liking. If you find them to be too unpalatable, juice some apple with it. Want to up the detox? Throw in some cilantro!

**When I shared ginger shots on Instagram, a couple of people chimed in that they like to add ACV to theirs…I might just try that next time!

Curious about what the nutritional benefits are of the foods you’re eating? Check out this site I just found: World’s Healthiest Foods. Type your food in the search bar and you’ll find a wealth of information!

Need a Juicer?

Everyone always asks me what juicer I use. I LOVE my Omega juicer. Love. Love. Love. It has a small footprint, is fairly easy to clean, and is a slow juicer so the juice retains nutrients for up to 72 hours when stored in an airtight container.

Don’t Have a Juicer?

Here are a few alternative ideas:


The other day, my 7 year old was cleaning his throat a lot due to over-consumption of dairy (bad mom!)…I gave him a ginger shot (mixed with apple juice) and it cleared right up.

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I hope I don’t forget this the next time someone in our house is coming down with a cold!!

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Immune boosting ginger shots at home // This House of Joy

Do you juice at home? What is your favorite fruit/veggie combo? Do you do ginger shots? Let me know in the comments!


This post was shared with Wildcrafting Wednesday, Allergy-Free Wednesday, and Wellness Wednesday.

About Sherry McAnelly

Wife & Mommy. Real food advocate. Essential oil enthusiast. Chocoholic. Lyme warrior. All things work together for good.


  1. Great post. These are some very good suggestions. We make this as a kind of tea when someone has a bad cold or fighting the flu and that seems to help as well.

  2. I love my “Fire Cider”!!! You can find the recipe on Mountain Rose Herbs website, on their blog. They have the most amazing stuff, and they are my “go-to” place for all my herbal needs. I’m not affiliated with them, but they sure do get a lot of my hard earned money!!! The employees are very helpful and nice, too…It takes about a month to make, and there are lots of ingredients, but it is WELL worth the trouble. I take a shot glass every day during the fall and spring, and also use it as a dressing on rice, and salads. This stuff is addictive!
    If you don’t want to peruse their website, here is the recipe:
    1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
    1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
    1 medium organic onion, chopped
    10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
    2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
    Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
    Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves
    1 tbsp organic turmeric powder
    organic apple cider vinegar
    raw local honey to taste
    Prepare all of your cold-fighting roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized jar. If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience! Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.
    After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness.

    Their blog recipe has LOTS of info and helpful ideas about it, I really suggest you check it out.

  3. Shellie Hales :

    Thank you for the ginger shots recipe!! I will be making it today. However, I did want to mention that I have permanent esophageal damage from ingesting 2-3 drops of Lemon EO in water. This has been verified by my MD. The oils do not emulsify in the water so the powerful oil can hit your mucous membranes and burn them. Just an FYI.

    • Hmmmm…maybe these wouldn’t be the best idea for you? The ginger is pretty hot! Maybe you could add it to another juice to be safe :) I’d hate for you to have a bad experience.

    • Oh Shellie, I’m so sorry that that happened to you. I agree with Sherry, maybe you should avoid anything too hot. Did you use a brand that stated it could be consumed orally? I have used 1-2 drops of CPTG lemon oil in my water for years without any adverse effects. It definitely does not emulsify in the water, however, I use either lemon oil or Wild Orange in water with liquid vitamin D to emulsify the Vitamin D. The ability for the EO’s to emulsify fats is due to it’s high d-limonene content. I also have my patients add lemon or Wild Orange to their water to help digest fats.

  4. Looks good! But just FYI, essential oils in water are a bad idea for everyone!

    • Interesting about the essential oils in water! Why are all of the essential oils peeps always saying to drink water with lemon or orange oil? So confusing :) You are the second person to mention this, so it’s definitely worth looking into! Thanks for your comment!

    • Hi Megan! I followed that link and I really love the idea of freezing the lemon wedges! I absolutely love lemon and orange in my water. If only my lemon tree would produce lemons! I noticed that the author is an aromatherapist. I have a couple friends that are certified aromatherapists and they are all taught that no essential oils should be consumed orally. So, her recommendations make sense when you consider her training. I happen to disagree and think that many oils can be consumed orally, but ONLY if they are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) or similar.

      I would also like to mention that essential oils are safer than prescription drugs. Each molecule is full of God’s wisdom while pharmaceuticals are full of man’s wisdom. For instance, most women (not all), have been on birth control at some point in their life. If birth control has been taken for a minimum of 3 months, a B6 deficiency occurs for life. How sad that doctors are no longer recommending B6 supplementation for women on birth control. It’s stated in the package insert. So, if you’ve been on birth control or are still taking it, you should be supplementing B6.

      Of course, what we put into our body is completely our choice. I recommend that we are all informed and use our doctors recommendations with discretion. Our doctors have a very hard time keeping up with the latest research and are so bogged down with paperwork from insurance companies! We also need to be careful about what we read on the internet. Unless the information is backed by good common sense science, take caution. Testimonials can be great also, but it’s wise to look for supporting research. However, it can take a while for research to catch up with what’s working for you!

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