This is one of my favorite times of year! The seasons are changing as we leave behind summer and head into yet another colorful fall, frosty winter and many warm holidays. For all of the wonderful things to look forward to at this time, there is one looming drawback: cold and flu season.
It is coming up folks! Pretty soon daycares, schools, workplaces and even your own home will become cesspits of infectious splendor for all the trendy viruses your fellow human beings unwittingly pass around. What can anyone do but share the love? But most importantly, what can you do to prevent or reduce the symptoms of these popular illnesses that plague during cold and flu season?
Fire Cider Cold and Flu Tonic
Fire cider, otherwise known as “master tonic” or “cold and flu tonic”, is an excellent herbal remedy that aims to do just that. It works great as an immune boosting preventative as well a powerful anti-microbial, decongesting, cold busting remedy when you or your family are ill. This homemade tonic has many forms, and a basic recipe usually consists of apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, horseradish, ginger, and hot peppers. There are many other herbs one can add for an additional boost as well. Below is the recipe I made:
Take a shot of it daily as an immune boosting preventative and up to several times a day when feeling run down or ill. After a glance at the ingredients taking a shot may seem like a harrowing ordeal, but it is actually surprisingly tasty! Spicy, warm, sweet and tangy. However if you do not like the taste you can dilute in a drink, broth, or use as a dressing.
What to do with all of that extra pulp? It is great in a vegetable stir fry or blended into a paste to be used to flavor soups and sauces. You can also dehydrate the pulp and grind up to use as spice in everyday cooking as well.
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What are some of your favorite home remedies to use during cold and flu season?