Dr. Norman Walker's "Juice for Medicine" Recipes
"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food" - Hippocrates
It is estimated that the average adult will get sick between 2-3 times a year and instead of fighting the common cold naturally, most people will opt to gorge on over the counter pharmaceuticals. Dr Norman Walker wrote “the human body is inextricably dependent on the quality of food that it intakes”. Our bodies rely on nutrients that come from the fibres of fresh fruits and vegetables that help us when we encounter ailments and illness.
There is no more powerful medicine than the properties which come from freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables. Dr Norman Walker spent years researching the benefits of cold press juicing and concluded that juicing was the most efficient and natural way to cure ailments because it was the only method which separated minerals and water in fresh produce from the fibres, and was digested into the bloodstream in a matter of minutes.
When you juice you cleanse your colon, digestive system, blood, urinary system and saturate your tissues with nutritional value to aid in general nourishment. Juicing everyday can help prevent diseases and help the body to heal. Try a recipe from our medicinal juice recipe collection below when you are feeling unwell, tired or stressed as they will help you to fight of any winter ailments you might be experiencing.
Juice for Infection
An infection is your body’s way of saying it has been overloaded with waste matter and toxins and is a warning for you to take better care for yourself. Drinking juice and fasting for a day or two can do wonders to the recovery of your body’s organs and will help in the prevention of accumulated waste and toxins inside the body. The following juice recipe is a great antibiotic juice for all types of infections.
- 1 inch long piece of fresh Aloe Vera
- 1 Apple
- 2 Carrots
- A handful of alfalfa leaves
- 1 clove of fresh garlic
(makes 1 glass and should be drunk three times daily)
1. Cut carrots, apple and Aloe Vera into small pieces.
2. Peel garlic and remove 1 clove
3. Rinse Alfalfa leaves
4. Place all ingredients through your cold press juicer, alternating between ingredients to ensure a consistent flavour.
Aloe Vera is a natural healer and is an adaptogen which means it can boost the body’s ability to resist illness. It is rich in polysaccharides which help stimulate white blood cells (the illness warriors) in your body. Alfalfa leaves can help to guard against a wide range of diseases. Its roots grow deep into the earth (30 to 100 feet) which guarantees trace minerals are
Juice for Digestion
Whether its bloating or bowel issues, an estimated nine million of us have problems with our digestive system and simply don’t do anything about the issues. The discomfort that comes with digestive disorders can be so painful, but by drinking juice you can help reduce and prevent further digestive irritations or ailments. The following recipe is a great way to strengthen your digestive system over time.
- 2 Carrots
- ½ a wedge of cabbage
- ½ Apple
- (Makes 1 glass)
1. Wash all ingredients and cut into chunks small enough for the chute of your cold press juicer.
2. Place through your juicer alternating produce for blended flavour.
Cabbage contains an amino acid called glutamine and encourages the regeneration of cells that line the digestive tract. Raw carrot juice is the richest source of Vitamin A which can be quickly assimilated to the necessary parts of your body. Carrots aid digestion and are an essential ingredient in digestive juices.
Juice for Colon Cleansing
Caring for your colon is often overlooked by most people but it is one of the leading causes for illnesses like the common cold. When waste matter and toxins build up in the body and are not eliminated through the colon our bodies will suffer from ailments. Juicing specific fruits and vegetables that promote the elimination of waste in your colon is a great way to prevent future illnesses.
- 2 Carrots
- 2 Celery stalks
- 1 Apple
- 2 Spinach leaves
(makes 1 glass)
1. Wash all ingredients and cut the carrots and apple into small chunks.
2. Feed the produce through the chute of your cold press juicer
Aloe Vera Juice
- 1 inch long piece of fresh aloe vera
- 1 cup cucumber
1. Take a piece of aloe vera from your garden, cut a small chunk off preferably from the middle part and wash thoroughly
2. Cut the cucumber into long slices
3. Take a small bunch of herbs you would like to juice, for example, parsley
4. Turn the notch on the Juicing Nozzle onto 1, and push the herbs and the aloe vera into the guide first, then the cucumber
Aloe vera grows in great abundance in warmer countries and is easy to find. You can keep a leaf in the fridge for over a week and slice off a piece every day. The fresh juice is thick in consistency and some people don’t get used to it. Looked at it as a vitamin pill like wheat grass that you drink quickly. Nevertheless a two-week beauty fast with aloe vera juice in the morning as an additional step, gives your skin great nourishment. Cucumber is also a skin cleanser. Leave the skin on to get the maximum nutrients that cucumber has to offer.
Aloe Vera is a natural healer, its use dating back more then 4000 years. Aloe has countless healing and protective powers and scientific research has shown that it acts as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-puritic, moisturizer, regenerator and detoxifier. In 1992, J.C. Pittman found that Aloe Vera acts as a stimulant on the immune system. It seems too good to be true but consuming one glass of this juice daily can help prevent diseases and supports your well being enormously.
Fennel has an exotic taste and should be used within reason, as its taste is quite intense. For committed raw food eaters this can come as a welcome change.
- 1 small stalk of fennel
- 4 medium carrots
- 2 apples
- 1 small potato
(Makes two glasses)
1. Cut each apple into 6 slices and remove the core
2. Cut the carrots into long slices and slice the potato
3. Juice the fruits and vegetables together on notch 2
Wash the potato before juicing. Leave the skin on for extra nutrients. Please be aware that fennel has a very strong taste on its own. Start with little and then add more. You can also make this juice without fennel for people who don’t enjoy the taste unless it is being used as a remedy.
Fennel assists you as a mild sedative and in falling asleep. Fennel has been shown to reduce and control inflammation of arthritis. It also evens mood fluctuation and depressive states. Fennel has the rare nutrient called manganese, contains zinc and vitamin B complex, which makes it a very valuable choice for juicing.
Dandelion was used by our forefathers as a salad green and powerful healing herb. Its use has been re-established once again and dandelion can now be found for free in parks and meadows or even in your back garden. The taste of Dandelion is rich and invigorating and your body will be thankful for this taste experience. Combine it with a clove of garlic and you’ll definitely be on the right track to boosting your health.
- 8 dandelion leaves, green and the roots
- 6 carrots
- ½ stalk celery
- small bunch of pine needles
- ½ clove of garlic (optional)
(makes two glasses)
1. Cut the carrots into 4 long slices
2. Turn the notch on the Juicing Nozzle onto 1
3. Juice the carrot at the same time as the dandelion by wrapping it around the slices and juice the celery after the pine needles
When you pick your Dandelion be sure to give it a good rinse. The darker leaves are more bitter than the young ones. Bitterness is a taste that we can identify with our taste buds. I often experience a yearning for bitter taste since I started eating and juicing herbs and find it a highly satisfying taste. Use the youngest pine needles from the top tips of the little branches.
Carrots are known to have a lot of anti-oxidant properties and they assist in breaking down excessive fats. Dandelion strengthens the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties and is a good kidney and liver cleanser.
When you feel a cold is on the run, quickly grab yourself this juice twice a day! The best thing is to feed the whole family and friends with this juice so their immune system gets a little help as well. Usually when your body needs a particular substance to stay healthy it will love the taste of the food containing that particular substance. It’s not uncommon to develop an urge to drink this juice when you feel a bit run down or stressed.
- 2 yellow grapefruits
- slice of ginger
- 2-3 green apples
- slice of lemon
(Makes two glasses)
1. Cut the apples into 6 pieces and remove the core
2. Peal the grapefruits and leave the pithy white part on
3. Juice the fruits with the ginger going in first on notch 2
If you need to make a large amount of this juice you can juice 1-2 litres at once and keep it in the fridge for at least 24 hours without losing any of its original flavours. If the screen gets clogged while you are juicing, stop the machine, remove the strainer, rinse off the screen and keep on juicing. This hardly ever happens though, and you will notice it when the amount of juice coming from the juicing Outlet decreases.
Grapefruits improve the permeability and strength of the capillary walls. It assists with the breakdown of mucus and fever in coughs, colds, flu and sore throats. Apples help to build resistance to infections. The pectin they contain absorbs toxins in the gut and helps with their elimination.