A Natural Tonic for flu and colds......
Here is what the lady with the recipe wrote in her book:
This version of what I consider the single best natural tonic for colds, flu, and other acute illnesses comes courtesy of Jamie, a woman who shared it with me in early 2004 when the Asian Bird Flu scare first started keeping a lot of people awake at night. Near as I can tell, the original recipe for this Natural Tonic is based on a plague tonic that's over a hundred years old. Apparently this traditional formulation - which perhaps has its roots in the famous Four Thieves Vinegar from medieval times - was later refined and updated by herbalists John Christopher and Richard Schulze, among others....
Regardless of its derivation, I know you'll consider the Natural Tonic a fine addition to your health arsenal and I encourage you to share its formula with friends and loved ones. In these scary times, it just plain makes good sense to have a powerful and traditional home remedy in your kitchen cabinet - even if you believe in flu shots.
Here's the recipe:
1 white onion, peeled and cut into quarters
1 entire head of garlic, peeled
4 red hot chile peppers, stems removed, chopped (handle with care).
4" horseradish root, peeled and chopped
4" ginger root, peeled and chopped
Approximately 1 quart un-pasteurized apple cider vinegar (Braggs is good)
Put all ingredients in a blender, cover with un-pasteurized apple cider vinegar. Puree. ( Keep the blender going for a while to make sure it is pureed really good.) I keep adding vinegar till the blender won't take any more. Bottle in a glass container and store in a cupboard at room temperature. Adults should take two tablespoons morning and night at the first sign of a cold or flu.
Note from Lucy: I have more information about this tonic and others if you will email me, I will send it to you...I have to tell you that this tonic is hard to stomach, but it works! Try not to take it on an empty stomach and as you use the tonic, add some more vinegar to the bottle and gently shake. This tonic is extremely powerful because all the ingredients are fresh. It's power should not be underestimated. The tonic stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying natural ingredients into the blood. This formula is not just for the sniffles, it may even help turn around deadly infections like some of the new mutated killer viruses that defy conventional antibiotics. Dose: 1 to 2 tablespoons two or more times daily. Swish in mouth and do not dilute with water.... Because it's composed entirely of natural foods, the tonic , unlike prescription drugs, is not toxic... Make up plenty as it does not need refrigeration and lasts indefinitely without and special storage conditions.
Garlic cloves (anti bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-parasitical).
White onion or hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic).
Ginger root ( increases circulatin to the extremities).
Horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head).
Cayenne Peppers or the hottest peppers available, i.e. Habanero, African Bird, or Scotch Bonnets, etc. (a great blood stimulant).