The beginning of fall announces many changes. The weather gets increasingly cooler along with what is termed the “cold and flu season”.
My personal belief is that we tend to succumb to these illnesses due to the fact most of us are in closed quarters, allowing the germs to be transmitted fairly easily between the host and victim, our vitamin D levels are lower- vitamin D is a powerful immune booster, and we tend to not be as physically active during the cooler months. Physical activity can boost our immunity by increasing our white blood cells and antibodies which fight disease, clear phlegm from our chest, and increases our temperature for a short time which can help kill disease causing bacteria.
As usual, prevention is the key. Along with exercise, diet, and rest there are some very powerful foods that have been clinically proven to help enhance the immune system, and if you do catch a cold or flu these foods, when combined and allowed to mature for several weeks can help you overcome illness with their synergistic balance. I have researched different formulas, from Dr Chrisophers to Dr Schultz tonics and realized that many of the recipes call for hard to obtain herbs. To that end my research led me to the following recipe that is antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial. This recipe is available on my front page as a downloadable pdf . I like to get a group of people together and make a large batch, which we divide up and take home. We are planning this for our Tabernacles get together this year.
(By the way, I love to use this tonic as a base for salad dressings, and when the vegies are done I use them in a soup stock)
This tonic contains powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. I have listed references below pertaining to these statements
Please try to source organic for all of the vegetables listed if possible.
1 Part each of the following fresh vegetables (in a pinch dried is acceptable but will not produce as strong of a mixture)
Chopped garlic cloves
Chopped white onion (Hottest available)
Chopped cayenne peppers (Hottest available: Habanero, African Bird’s Eye, or Scotch Bonnets)- remove seeds
Grated ginger root (Ideally this should be organic- otherwise it is most likely irradiated which kill the gingers enzymes)
Grated horseradish root
Grated Turmeric (if you can find it- if not omit- it will still be very strong)
Raw organic apple cider vinegar – enough to fill jar after vegetables added
Fill a glass jar 3/4 full with equal parts BY VOLUME (i.e. 1 cupful of each) of the above peeled, fresh, chopped or grated herbs and vegetables. Then fill the jar to the top with Raw, unfiltered, unbleached, non-distilled apple cider vinegar. Close and shake vigorously; if necessary top off with more vinegar. Shake jar every time you pass it, minimum of once a day, for 2 weeks. Then filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton (old T-shirt would work), bottle, and label.
How to use:
For preventative purposes: 1/2 – 1oz., 2 or more times daily (1-2 TBSP at a time), gargle and swallow. Most people cannot take this unless it is diluted. This is very strong and should be diluted with a bit of water- try a bit on your tongue and see how you react before attempting to take without diluting.
For ordinary infections, a dropper full 5-6 times a day.
Garlic: Garlic has also been found effective against multi drug resistant E. Coli along with being antiviral and anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
Onions– Onions are in the allicin family as is garlic and as such have many of the same health benefits of garlic:
Cayenne- Cayenne pepper stimulates secretions and promotes circulation, helping the other herbs to work better (synergistically)
Ginger-Ginger has so many uses- from cancer prevention to pain relief to relieving nausea – on top of being a powerful antiviral that has been found effective against RSV:
Horseradish-Horseradish has many beneficial uses- from cancer prevention to increasing blood circulation and is commonly used to treat urinary tract infections and sinus infections
Turmeric-Turmeric has so many health benefits it would take pages to list them all- antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory are just a few of its many uses.