Building a Medicine Cabinet: Master Tonic

It's getting to be that time of year again. Winter is quickly approaching, and soon the cold and flu season will be upon us. At least down here in Texas, we have much milder winters. Growing up in Chicago, the first snowstorm could sometimes come in October. I'm enjoying the slow transition into winter, and eager to see what "winter" really means down here (we just moved down in August). In preparation for the colder temperatures and the sniffles and coughs that accompany them, today I've brought a recipe for starting your own medicine cabinet: the Master Tonic.
Not only do you feel empowered when you make medicine for your family, but it's also safer than popping a pill or going straight for those antibiotics. This stuff is not named Master Tonic for nothing! This will be your "go to" at the first sign of illness. It is your natural antibiotic. The power of this tonic should not be underestimated. It will help you through the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases. It stimulates maximum blood circulation while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. Let's take a look at the recipe:
Master Tonic:
Raw Apple Cider Vineger (I use Braggs, make sure yours has the "mother")
1 part fresh chopped organic garlic cloves
1 part fresh chopped organic white onions (or hottest onions available)
1 part fresh grated organic ginger root
1 part fresh grated organic horseradish root
1 part fresh chopped organic cayenne peppers (or hottest peppers available: habanero, African Bird, Scotch Bonnets, etc.)
Large Glass Jar w/Cover
*** You may want to wear gloves when chopping and grating the peppers. I used my food processor for all of the chopping/grating, but I still wore gloves.

1. Fill jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts by volume of the above fresh chopped and grated herbs.
2. Then fill jar to the top with the apple cider vinegar. Close jar tightly and shake vigorously. Then top off with more apple cider vinegar if necessary.
3. Shake at least once a day (or as often as you walk by the jar) for two weeks, then filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton (old t-shirt, etc.). Bottle into dark bottles (amber glass), and label.
Dosage: At the first sign of sickness, take 1-2 tablespoons, two or more times daily. Gargle and swallow. DON'T dilute with water. If you are already in the midst of sickness, take 1-2 tablespoons 5-6 times a day. This should deal with most conditions.

What is your favorite homemade medicine?


  1. that would have to set your mouth and body on fire

    1. It is indeed quite spicy. If you're not used to spice, it can be a bit of a shocker. It is indeed quite powerful, hence making a fabulous master tonic.