Old Fashioned Super Tonic

One of the most important pieces of advice I offer people is to learn from our elders.  People who have been around the longest have the most interesting advice and stories.  This recipe is no exception.  Our dear friend, Roger, told me about his all natural super tonic that cures illness, and he is certain it will help our family stay healthy.

Super Tonic Recipe:

1 gallon apple cider vinegar (with the mother) — check the label

1 pound each of “the five herbs” (white onion, garlic, horseradish, ginger root, and habanero peppers)

Rough chop, then finely chop herbs in food processor.  Place in large crock or glass container.  Add the vinegar and stir.  Let sit (covered, or your house will smell) for two weeks, stirring a couple times per day.

Roger says to mix together the chopped herbs and vinegar, and let it sit for 2 weeks (stirring “every time you walk by it”).  Once the two weeks have passed, strain out the herb bits — put the liquid into jars and the bits onto paper to dry.  To use the tonic liquid, place 1 dropperful under the tongue four times per day at the first sign of illness.  He said to be careful not to get it all over the kids’ lips or it will burn more.

The herb bits, once dried completely, can be ground up in a food processor and put into a salt shaker (or other spice shaker).  Roger says this seasoning will “pick up any dish that is blah and make it taste great!”  Nothing is wasted with this recipe!

The experience of making this super tonic has been rather interesting.  During the initial chopping, my eyes got to burning like I’ve never experienced before, and that was before I chopped the habaneros.  So beware and use gloves and goggles.  While the mixture sat on the counter for two weeks, I stirred it a couple times per day and nobody liked the smell that floated through the house every time I did that.

The biggest surprise came on the day I strained the tonic.  It went well, and I got all the liquid into jars and the herb bits onto parchment paper to dry.  I had the brilliant idea of putting the herb bits in the oven to speed the drying process, but it backfired.  Our house was filled with the smell, which was so strong everything in the house smelled like it.  Our eyes burned, and we coughed.  When I went to work, people kept their distance.  Later that day, I moved all the herb bits to the garage to finish drying.  It took about 24 hours for the smell in the house to go away.  Now the garage stinks, and I can hardly believe that the herb bits will taste good on food.  I can’t bring myself to try it, so I will pack the dried bits away and give it a go when I get up the courage.

Since I’ve just finished the tonic, we haven’t had enough time to test it on illness.  We are all pretty healthy right now, so we’ll just wait until someone gets a cold — not that I’m in a hurry.

Do you have an old fashioned recipe that is said to knock down a cold or just keep you in better health?  I’d love to hear about it!  Please comment below or send an email.  Thanks for stopping by!  Stay healthy!