Monday, 27 October 2014

As requested - Louise Westra's 'Kick-a-germ' juice

A few of you indicated you would like the recipe for ‘Kick-a-germ juice’ so here it is along with some bonus winter tips.
1. Don’t underestimate the importance of wrapping up more warmly with hats, scarves and gloves – and don’t overlook the good old-fashioned vest under clothing.
2. Look after your mucous membranes with lots of naturally decongesting herbs and spices that can be added to food. Remember the classics such as chilli, garlic, fenugreek and ginger. These all work well added to hearty soups, stews and casseroles. You can even make a soup specifically designed to support the body in fighting against any assault by airborne germs. Be warned, this is not for the faint hearted – we generally referred to this when I was studying to be a Naturopath as ‘kick-a-germ juice’!
‘Kick-a-germ juice’ recipe
Use a base of approximately 1 litre of chicken stock (real is preferable) and add the following:-
3 cloves garlic
1 medium strength chilli
1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
1 medium sized onion
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
Any seasonal vegetables chopped to the size you like.
Cook until all the vegetables soft and tender.
Add fresh lemon or lime juice to serve.
Be prepared to spend the night sweating!
3. Lemons are a great natural antiseptic and can be drunk with warm water and honey, or juiced with other fruit and vegetables. I am not a huge fan of really chilled food and drink - especially during the colder months of the year - however, if feeling off-colour, I tend to use juices more than usual to assist in getting nutrients down to my cells without too much effort being required by my run-down body. Something along these lines will usually assist:-
2 medium carrots
1 medium celery stalk
1/2 medium cucumber
1 medium apple, such as Gala or Fuji
1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger root
Push all ingredients through juicer. Stir well and serve right away

4. In essence, the two most important things to do if you do start to feel like you are coming down with something would be to eat lightly and do as little as possible. 
As Benjamin Franklin said: ‘The best of all medicines is resting and fasting’.


  1. Dear Caroline, I'm a 20 year old girl frustrated with her skin and confused with the amount of information available. I have oily skin and I'm pretty sure its quite dehydrated too.
    I've never had amazing skin and from a young age I've had acne and, later fine wrinkles or 'expression lines', near my eyes and mouth. For years I used the Efflaclar range under my dermatologists recommendation (I've been going to the dermatologist for a long time because I'm quite pale and have a lot of moles), which I believe did nothing but drying my skin and making my wrinkles worst (foaming gel, matte moisturizer; I also started using eye creams when I was younger).
    I consider myself a healthy person, I try to eat as good as I can and drink plenty of water. I could do a lot more exercise though (working on it). I've been using cleansing balms/oils, hydraluron, exfoliating acid toners, the all shebang for a while now but my skin still doesn't look great.
    I would love to book an appointment with you, and cannot wait until you open them up. Until then, if you have the time I would love to ear your advice.
    Thank you very much.

  2. My mum always told me to have a small amount of whiskey if I feel a cold coming on. It kills everything. As much as I hate the taste, it works brilliantly!

  3. Nice post. I also described few points about preparation to winter.

  4. I swear by Hot Lemon juice with honey!

  5. I love the lemon, cinnamon, ACV mix with water in the morning. A spoon of honey helps sweeten it a bit.

  6. Caroline,

    I recently switched brands of fish oil, not intentionally just couldn't remember what the other brand was called in the store! Anyway, I have just woken up with a MONSTEROUS cystic pimple on my forehead that is skin swollen. Typically I take the fish oil before bed and wake up and my skin looks immediately better. Now I'm not feeling I get the same effect. What ingredients should I look for/ stay away from?! Thank you so much for any help!

  7. If I imagine myself as a germ, I feel myself cringing and dying off when thinking about the ingredients in the Kick a Germ Juice!! Thanks! Hermanspottypants

  8. Yes I'm a big believer of carrot juice and ginger. Nothing knocks a cold better off than those two in a juice. Sounds foul but tastes quite fresh and zingy. It's summer here in Australia so the cold season has passed, but carrot and ginger juice is nice when it's hot :)