The Winter Tonic
The kids are back to school (which is great) but also it’s a sign that summer is nearly over and as they say in Game Of Thrones “Winter is coming !!” So now that you might have a little more time on your hands it might be a good time to focus on building up your immune system before winter arrives. In herbal medicine we always say the “prevention is better than cure”.
One way of doing this is to take an immune boosting herbal tonic. Herbal tonics are herbs that strengthen and enliven either a specific organ, or system, or the whole body. A characteristic of herbal tonics is that they are all gentle remedies that have a mild yet profound effect on the body. The value of tonic herbs lies in their normalising and nurturing effects.
The tonics play a specific role in ensuring that individuals are at their own particular peak of health and vitality. Each system/organ of the body has herbs that are particularly suited to it. In the case of an immune boosting tonic herbs like Echinacea, Burdock, Marshmallow, Golden Seal, Astragalus, Mullein, Panax Ginseng and Siberian Ginseng are useful.
Another way to prepare for the winter is to make your own winter tonic. This is like your very own home-made flu shot. These are the ingredients that you will need:
Winter Tonic Ingredients
1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitical)
1 part fresh chopped white onions, or the hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic)
1 part fresh grated ginger root (increases circulation to the extremities)
1 part fresh grated horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head)
1 part fresh chopped Cayenne peppers,
Apple cider vinegar
Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts of the fresh chopped or grated ingredients. Fresh herbs are best. Then cover completely with raw unfiltered, unbleached, non-distilled apple cider vinegar.
Close and shake vigorously and then top off the vinegar if necessary. Keep the jar in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks.
Shake the tonic daily a couple of times.
After 14 days strain and bottle. Filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton, muslin cloth, fine sieve and bottle and label.
With the solids left over you can either puree them and add to honey or lemon juice, or make salad dressing or marinade them. The winter tonic lasts indefinitely at room temperature, after straining.
1 to 2 tablespoons daily, or as needed.
Store in a dark place.
This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh. Its power should not be underestimated. It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood.
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