In experimenting with a number of tonics over the years, I’ve whittled my favourites down to a simple concoction of six ingredients that are highly effective in offering protection against strep throat, colds and flu.
Here’s what you need to make this simple and highly effective sore throat, cold, and flu tonic:
Half a yellow onion, roughly chopped
5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
2 red chili peppers, roughly chopped
1 heaping tablespoon of ginger, roughly chopped
Juice of one lemon
Apple cider vinegar, preferably organic
Please consider wearing gloves if you have sensitive skin, and try not to rub your eyes as you put this tonic together, as some of the natural oils involved can lead to unhappy muttering.
1. Start with a 350 mL to 500 mL mason jar. Add roughly chopped onion.
2. Roughly chopped garlic next please.
3. Followed by red chili peppers, seeds and all.
4. Then chopped ginger – what a lovely hue of yellow in fresh ginger.
5. Add fresh lemon juice – what you can get out of one medium-size lemon. It’s fine to substitute with lime if you wish.
6. Top off mason jar with apple cider vinegar, but leave about a cm of room at the top.
7. Cap your jar and leave on your counter or in a pantry. Your sore throat, cold, and flu tonic is ready for use!
Take one teaspoon as often as you’d like. As a prophylactic tonic, one teaspoon each time you return from spending time around others is a good schedule. Or as a fast-acting remedy, in my experience, one tablespoon will often eliminate the beginnings of strep throat.
You can use remaining solid ingredients in your cooking, or you can blend the mixture up and continue to take by the teaspoon. This tonic is fine if left unrefrigerated, and will last for months, though the quantities listed above will last you two to three weeks if used at a rate of one teaspoon per day. It’s also fine to refrigerate. For the first few days of use, I recommend giving the mason jar a good shake before use.
Please be aware that this strep throat, cold, and flu tonic has quite a bit of heat, so it’s wise to err on the side of caution and use smaller amounts for young children and those who are highly sensitive to spicy foods.
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Sore Throat, Cold, and Flu Tonic Recipe