A family member recently emailed me a recipe for a tonic she used with success last cold and flu season: Hair Raising Cider from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Vibrant Health.
I read the recipe, and, not being one to shy away from a good home remedy (read my posts about Allergy Relief or Sore Throat remedies), I thought, “I’ll have to try something like that!” Of course, that was weeks ago. This morning, Hubs and I woke up with the cold that Little Bear must have caught from my mother, who works with pre-schoolers. (Those germs just spread and spread and spread, don’t they?) So, today was the day to make the cider, since it needs three weeks to steep. I don’t want to be caught without something the next time a cold runs through this house!
(Want to know how it turned out? See my reaction to tasting this stuff for the first time HERE.)
Here’s what I did:
I used a 2-Quart mixing bowl to combine my concoction:
Combine the vinegar, horseradish, onion, garlic, turmeric and pinch or two of cayenne.
Add the spices. I prefer organic spices (there is so much of difference in quality and flavor) from Simply Organic and Frontier. You can find them at natural foods stores locally or online at Amazon.
Once I mixed the ingredients together, I poured most of it into a 1-quart Mason jar and the rest into a glass baby bottle, making sure the majority of the ingredients went to the larger batch.
Since I’m already dealing with a cold, I thought maybe I’d give the mixture a go, even though it isn’t full-strength. In all honesty, my body must have needed it, because I thought it tasted delicious! (It helps that I’m a huge horseradish fan.) I poured 1/4 c. into a teacup, covered with hot water, and added a teaspoon of raw honey. The horseradish clears out the nasal passages and the warmth of the liquid helped relieve my scratchy throat. The mixture is quite vinegary, but I have to admit that I love vinegar, too.
After drinking my cup-full, I felt better immediately. A few hours later, my symptoms were coming back, so I repeated the “tea.” Again, I started to feel better almost instantaneously. I have faith that this tonic will help us avoid over-the-counter medications should another bug show its funky face ’round here! Bring it, Cold Season!
- 1 Quart vinegar
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 head garlic, peeled and chopped
- ¼ cup freshly grated horseradish
- 2 T powdered turmeric
- cayenne pepper
- 1 C local honey (or more to taste)
- In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, horseradish, onion, garlic, turmeric and pinch or two of cayenne.
- Add the spices and mix thoroughly.
- Cover the mixture and place in a warm area for 3-4 weeks. (I prefer to bottle it in a mason jar.)
- After 3-4 weeks, strain the mixture, add the honey, and rebottle.
- Take 1-2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold, and continue every 2 hours until symptoms are lessened.
Save My Arse Disclaimer: Healthful Mama is no medical professional, so always consult your naturopath or physician before trying anything new.