Today I'm bringing you one of my FAVORITE home remedies to beat the flu and colds for the winter months ahead. This past winter I sipped on this beauty just about everyday and never came down with even a sniffle! Yeah, it's that bad-ass.
I first heard of of this winter tonic, or what I like to call it 'an anti-plague tonic', a few years ago when at a friends house we got on the subject of the bubonic plague. We were talking about how back in the middle ages a small group of people had found a natural remedy against the plague that was killing thousands over night. This magical tonic was crafted with a handful of potent herbs, powerful roots and hardy veggies that held anti-bacterial & antiviral properties.
I honestly didn't think much of the whole discussion, until about a year later when this tonic appeared in my life again. I had a 'ah-ha' moment and decided to try this bad boy out for myself.
So here's what you'll need to craft of this powerful winter tonic:
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- handful of Cayenne Peppers (fresh or dried)
- handful of Garlic (peeped)
- handful of Ginger Root
- handful of Horseradish
- 1- decent size Onion (doesn't matter what kind - but I like to go with purple onions when I can!)
- handful of fresh Parsley, or Rosemary (or both! - I used parsley or this one.)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (with the 'Mother' - I like Virtues of Vinegar or Bragg's)
- a blender
- a 32 oz regular size mason jar & a cap
Now, I say a handful because this recipe is fool proof. You really can't mess it up!
For the most potent and high quality tonic, i encourage you to use only locally grown or organically grown ingredients.
Now, I'm gonna leave the final step of this kick-ass tonic is up to you -
I like to ferment my tonic for a week to really take this health tonic to it's full potential. If you choose to ferment your tonic, find a cool dark place to store it. You'll want to shake it once a day for a week.
Once it sits for about a week and you shake it once a day, it's ready to go. You can store it in the fridge for up to, I'd say - about a year.
So there you go my friends, you got yourself an anti-plague tonic!
Now - IT'S POWERFUL. It's going to be spicy and pungent. But if you're a fan of a little heat, you'll love to use this on a salad, as a marinating dressing, or take a tablespoon or two everyday to keep well all winter long.
**I'm not a doctor and I don't recommend this for little children or if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients listed above. Listen to your body and take as needed!**
Now over to you!
How did your tonic turn out?
What ingredients did you mix into yours?
How do you like to use your tonic?
Share with us below!