The official definition of an elixir is a sweetened, aromatic solution of alcohol and water containing, or used as a vehicle for, medicinal substances. This sounds oddly appealing and not at all like the trendy elixirs you’re now seeing beside the kombuchas and kefirs at your health food store.
Traditionally, elixirs were prescribed to treat medical illnesses because they would have at least one medicinal ingredient in it. Different forms of elixirs have been used in many cultures throughout history and ironically some promised eternal life while actually containing poisons in them.
Here’s the deal. Elixirs are generally made with water, juice, or a nut mylk mixed with a sweetener (agave, honey, or maple syrup), and what we would consider a superfood like reishi mushroom, spirulina, chlorella, turmeric, or even ashwagandha.
So, should you be drinking elixirs now?
It really depends. The presence of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant elements in these ‘superfoods’ within elixirs can be highly beneficial but it’s no different than taking a supplement or adding these foods to your smoothies.
Depending on the key ingredients in your elixirs, they can help with digestion, inflammation, and even anxiety but be sure to read the ingredients to ensure there is a substantial amount of the key ingredient you need instead of mostly being water, sugar, or juice.
Many people like adding elixirs to their mocktails, cocktails, or as a substitution for a glass of water for flavour and for a boost of nutrition.
Read our article on nutrients that naturally help protect you from the sun here.