My friend Miz Carmen shared with me a home remedy, given her by a friend. This master tonic recipe - Carmen calls it Fire Cider for reasons that will soon become obvious - is packed with nutrients and vitamins to combat colds and other illnesses from developing in the body.
Everybody who has tried it is wowed by not only the overwhelmingly overwhelming flavor but by its seemingly miraculous anti-inflammatory, preventative, and healing powers. However, anybody familiar with vitamins, multi-vitamins, and the benefits of eating properly (think: lots of fruits and vegetables) would be unsurprised by how well it works.
Use only organic ingredients.
Louise M's Master Tonic (aka Fire Cider)
1 or 2 hot peppers (habanero, cayenne, etc)
Ginger root (about 1 large root, peeled))
Garlic (several bulbs)
Onions (several large)
Horseradish (large chunk of root, peeled)
Cilantro (1/2 to 1 large bunch)
Turmeric (ground powder)
Chop finely in a powerful food processor. (You may want to do this outside. The smell is very pungent!)
Fill glass jar 1/3 to 1/2 full with the mixture, and fill the rest of the way with organic apple cider vinegar, unpasteurized, with "mother". (You can usually find this in the health food section of grocery stores. Do NOT use regular cooking apple cider.)
Use a plastic lid - no metal. (This is to avoid problems with the acid and the BPA in metal lids.)
Shake, allow to steep 6 - 8 weeks in a cool place, then filter through cheesecloth or mesh strainer.
Be thorough! There shouldn't be much left when you finish. I used my hands to squeeze the last drops out.
Take 1 tsp at a time, with food if you like, several times a day. If you're serious about fighting a cold or warding off a cold, take with slices of raw garlic, amounting to total of one clove per day.
For maximum effectiveness, eliminate sugar while taking tonic.
Enjoy your tonic; if you're in the area and you stop by my house, be sure to ask for a sample (if you have the courage!).
Cheers to good health,