Who’s Afraid of Making an Herbal Tincture?

Do you have a blender? A grocery store nearby? If you do, you can make a tonic for the immune system very, very easily. This is an old recipe, and I’ve seen it called many things. I’ve always called it Immune Tonic. That seems to describe it perfectly. It destroys bacteria, viruses, and fungi on contact. Colds and flu (all flu, including swine flu) are caused by viruses, not bacteria, though bacteria can cause secondary infections, such as pneumonia. Fungi cause fungus infections, such as fingernail and toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and candida.

Step one: Go to the store and buy some organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, an onion (white if possible, otherwise yellow), a head of garlic with fat cloves, a piece of horseradish, a piece of ginger root, and some cayenne peppers (habernero, serrano or some other hot variety- hottest you can find). For quantity, just remember you are going to need about the same quantity of each one. Try for organic, if at all possible.

Step two: At home, wash the vegetables and peel them (except the peppers, which should just have the stems removed). Chop them roughly just enough to be able to tell when you have approximately the same amount of each. Again, not the peppers, as they can be very irritating to the skin and eyes. If you get the juice on your hands, wash with soap. Plain water will not remove the irritating substance. However, if you get some in your eyes, maybe by touching them with your hands, don’t panic. It will sting, but won’t damage your eyes. In fact, you may find you can see better afterward, since the cayenne will increase the circulation.

Step three: Pour some vinegar into a blender and add equal quantities of each of the five vegetables. If you add part at a time, you can be sure you have just enough vinegar in the blender to make the blending easy. (You want to have a large proportion of vegetables to liquid).

Step four: Pour the whole thing into one or more jars with lids (mason jars are great). Leave enough space in the jars so you can shake the contents. Place a plastic baggie or piece of plastic over the top of the jar before putting on the lid, to keep the lid clean.

Step five: Screw on the lid and try shaking the jar. It should shake in a liquid way, and should not say, “Thump, thump,” which it will do if it’s too dry. It should say, “Slosh, slosh.” Add vinegar if it is thumping.

Step six: Place the jars in a cupboard, so they can be in the dark most of the time. You can tape paper over the glass if you can’t put the jars in a cupboard.

Step seven: Every day, preferably several times a day, shake the bottles. Add more vinegar if needed to keep them sloshing.

Step eight: After 10 days to 2 weeks, or even longer, the tonic will be ready to use. However, if someone is sick, go ahead and use it immediately. It just gets better and better while it soaks.

1. You can strain it, using a strainer lined with a cloth, then squeeze the cloth-wrapped vegetables to get the most liquid out of them. In that case, you can still use the vegetables as well, for example, as a condiment with meat.
2. You can just eat it, as is, a combination of mashed vegetables and liquid.
3. You can put the strained liquid into dropper bottles. If you are feeling under-par, take as much as you can, as quickly as you can. As a guideline, try 6 droppersful in some water, juice, or tea with 12 droppersful of echinacea-garlic-cayenne tincture, or another echinacea blend. Note: that’s droppersful, not drops.
4. You can add healthy sweetener, and keep it in the refrigerator.
5. You can start the tincture at a new moon and squeeze it out at a full moon
6. You can use the liquid as a salad dressing. (Add oil to the salad first, if you like, or shake it up in a jar with some oil and some herbs.)

How it works:
Ginger: among many other actions, ginger increases circulation to the extremities. It also is an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, expectorant, decongestant, and a digestive aid,
Cayenne: increases circulation everywhere, is a digestive aid, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial
Horseradish: increases circulation to the head and increases sweating. It is also an antiseptic, digestive aid, and is nutritious.
Garlic: strong anti-virus, anti-bacteria and anti-fungal, anti-parasite. Also, expectorant and increases sweating.
Onion: similar to garlic, though less potent

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