I make and share this crazy stuff every winter and because of its kick-tail effectiveness, many of my friends have requested the recipe over the years. But first, a bit of history…
This was given to me by one of my Biola Resident Assistants (Hi, Hope!) who grew up chugging this stuff on the mission field in Albania. A few years later I found it called the “Natural Antibiotic” in Keepers at Home, a quaint Mennonite homemaking magazine and then again recently at the Weston A. Price conference where someone referred to it as the “Master Tonic.” The hubs has affectionately dubbed it “Fire Water.” Whatever you choose to call it, make some, chug it, gag, sputter, feel your eyes water, and then kiss those little germies goodbye!
MISSIONARY MEDICINE RECIPE by an Awesome Missionary Mom
1/4 cup finely chopped garlic (use food processor)
1/4 cup finely chopped ginger
1/4 cup finely chopped horseradish root
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
1/4 cup finely chopped habinero/cayenne peppers
1 quart raw vinegar (I use apple cider.)
(Or do a cup of each in a gallon of vinegar if your into bulk.)
Let ferment for two weeks, shaking it a couple times a day. Strain and put liquid in a tightly sealed container. If you dare, use the pulp in cooking. (Or be lazy like me and just leave it all together.) Take a shot (1 1/2 droppers or 1 tablespoon) morning and evening when sick. Use 3 times daily if VERY sick. Makes a killer sore throat gargle.
Bloggers note: We like to let our immune system have the first shot at trying to battle the bad guys, but if and when we’re losing the fight, this stuff is a great back up plan. And if you’re curious how and why it works, here’s a detailed explanation from Master Herbalist Dr. Richard Schultz.
Any tried and true recipes for home remedies out there?