Stay healthy this winter with natural flu shots
Earlier this week, I was visited by a pretty full on cold, a rare occurrence for me, but one which I viewed as both a lesson and much needed cleanse. I’ve been on the go now for several months, worrying about my elderly mother, so haven’t been self-nurturing as much as I would like. I think this week my cells decided that they needed to take things into their own hands and initiate a cleanse, so, I bowed to their innate intelligence and just went with the flow!! My lesson was actually a culinary one. I have been collecting odd recipes and articles on “Natural flu shots” and “Master Tonics” for a while now (I’m sure I was a squirrel in a former life) without actually doing anything with them. It’s amazing how a bit of self-interest, though, can spark my motivation!
I homed in on a couple of recipes. One was an ad hoc, make-and-drink-there-and-then Super Tonic; the other, a slow-prep Master Tonic, meant for the natural medicine chest over winter to be used at the first signs of any colds and flu that dare to show their faces!!
Both are easy to make. I have yet to try the results of the Master Tonic, but judging by the pungent tipple that was my Super Tonic, I’m guessing it packs quite a punch!!
Warnings: neither is for the faint-hearted!! Be brave, though, and you will reap great benefits (honest!).
Using turmeric in the Super Tonic gives it a lovely orange hue. This MAY look like a sweet innocent carrot juice BUT believe me, it isn’t!! It comes with a bite!!!
Treat both with a lot of respect. Sip slowly, pause between sips.
Use fresh and organic ingredients where possible. Using powdered substitutes won’t yield quite such powerful results (after all, we need dynamite to ward off those pesky bacteria and viruses!!), but they can be useful in an emergency.
Both recipes provide a cocktail of ingredients which have some super-powers: antibacterial; antifungal; antiviral (think colds, flu, upper respiratory); anti-parasitic; anti-inflammatory; aid circulation; effective expectorants (good for shifting catarrh).
Ad hoc, make-and-drink-there-and-then SUPER TONIC
Ingredients (ALWAYS use Organic, and where possible Fresh)
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1/2 small onion
- 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric (or 1/4 tsp ground)
- 1 half-inch piece of ginger (or 1/4 tsp ground)
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1/2 small jalapeño (or dash of cayenne pepper)
- 1 oz of RAW apple cider vinegar
- Optional: 1 half-inch piece of horseradish
- Optional: 1 tsp raw honey
- Juicer (I used a Greenstar twin gear but go with what you have)
- Juice each of the above except the raw apple cider vinegar. Add this at the end. I actually juiced the lemon first with a squeezer and added that at the end too.
- This makes about 3 – 4 fluid ounces.
Take a dose of 1 fluid oz at a time, up to 3 times a day. If needed, have a water chaser on hand to drink afterwards, but don’t dilute the actual super tonic as you will lose some of the potency!
This is actually Dr. Richard Schulze’s “modern anti-plague” tonic so should give you a clue as to its potency!!! Just preparing it, my sinuses felt like they had gone through their paces, so I’m expecting big things!
Ingredients (ALWAYS use Organic, and where possible Fresh)
Most versions of this recipe talk about “parts”. What this means is using equal parts in volume of the grated / chopped ingredients. I found a solitary recipe with actual tangible amounts mentioned so used these in my first foray into Master Tonic and they seemed to match the “equal part” rule. I have included these in brackets by each ingredient. Volume of apple cider vinegar seems to be a bit of a mystery; one recipe mentioned a crazily big amount, but from reading the methods of various recipes, I’m settling on about 2 – 4 pints, enough to cover the vegetables generously.
You can add freshly chopped herbs, such as thyme or rosemary, which bring their own special healing qualities to the “party in the jar”!
- 1 part fresh chopped organic garlic, skins peeled off each clove (1 whole bulb)
- 1 part fresh chopped organic white onion (1 whole onion)
- 1 part fresh grated ginger root (1 x 4-5 inch piece of ginger)
- 1 part fresh grated horseradish root (1 x 4-5 inch piece of horseradish root)
- 1 part fresh chopped hot peppers (cayenne, habanero, serrano, jalapeño, etc.) (4 peppers)
- Organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (2 – 4 pints)
- To make up: Grater, large glass jars with lids (mason jars ideal), gloves, cutting board, knife
- For straining and storage: large bowl, cheesecloth, colander, funnel, bottles / jars (amber bottles ideal) for storage
- Fill a glass mason jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts of the fresh chopped and grated ingredients. Wear gloves when chopping the hot peppers.
- Fill the jar to the top with raw apple cider vinegar. Ensure that ingredients are completely covered by the apple cider vinegar.
- Close the lid tightly and shake vigorously to mix everything together.
- Store away from light, such as in a cupboard. Keeping it in a paper bag will help to cut out light.
- Shake at least once a day for 2 – 3 weeks. Place it somewhere that you’ll walk by frequently and just shake it every time you see it!!
- After the 2-3 week period, filter the Master Tonic mixture through a clean piece of cloth. (Place a colander over a bowl; line it with cheesecloth. Pour the mixture in and press the moisture out of the mixture into the bowl. Wring out the cheesecloth to squeeze the last drops out!)
- Pour through a funnel into smaller jars or amber bottles. Date and label.
- As the leftover solids retain some potency, it’s suggested pureeing them and mixing with other ingredients perhaps in a soup or as part of a salad dressing.
Use and Dosage
- Just put it in your mouth, swish around, gargle and swallow. Don’t dilute it with water or the effect won’t be as powerful. A water chaser may be advisable. If it is still unpalatable, try a smidgeon of raw honey with your next dose.
- It can be used during pregnancy and is safe for children (use smaller doses) as it is only food!!
- For daily immune boosting = 1-2 fluid ounces, x 2 or more times daily.
- First sign of infection (first scratch or tickle in throat, first sniffle, perhaps when you come in after being drenched to the skin in a downpour) = 1 – 2 fluid ounces x 3 daily.
- If already sick / to fight an infection = 1 – 2 fluid ounces x 5 – 6 times daily.
(Note: 2 tablespoons = 1.25 fluid ounces; 4 tablespoons = 2.5 fluid ounces, so the above 1 – 2 fluid ounces is approx 2 – 4 tablespoons)
- Will keep indefinitely
- Store in a dark place.
Guaranteed to keep vampires at bay !!!!
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