Master Tonic

I get really excited about posts like this because I really believe that tonics like this help keep us healthy throughout the winter months!
I have experienced this tonic to shorten the length of colds, coughs, and infections! Every ingredient in this works together to fight against sickness. It is known to be a potent natural antibiotic. How exciting is that?!
I want to take the time to list just a few benefits of each ingredient in hopes that you will see how powerful it is.


  • Ginger helps prevent cold and flu, boost the immune system and is a natural antibiotic.
  • Hot peppers fight cold and flu, they are anti-fungal, relieve congestion, and antibacterial.
  • Horseradish root boost immune system, helps clear congestion, and helps protect against bacterial infections.
  • Thyme works as an antiseptic, is antibacterial, and helps treat cough and inflammation.
  • Rosemary is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial,  and aids in respiratory health.
  • Lemon improves immunity, and provides relief from a cold.
  • Garlic boosts immune system, it’s a natural anabiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory.
  • Turmeric is a natural antibiotic, helps with cough, and a natural anti-septic.
  • Onion helps relieve coughs, helps boost immune system, and help respiratory problems.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a natural detoxifier, fights against allergies, helps clear sinuses, and helps prevent stomach illness.
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These are just a few of the health benefits of each of these ingredients! This is a powerful medicine to have through the winter. I like to mix it with a little local honey to make it easy to take and the honey will also add to the health benefits! I have also mixed this on to a vinegar based salad dressing to get it into my kids!
Remember to use the best possible ingredients that are available to you when making this!

Master Tonic

  • Different varieties of hot peppers including habanero, jalapeño, chilies, cayenne, Hungarian wax etc. I used 12-15
  • 1 cup horseradish root diced
  • 1/2- 1 cup ginger root
  • 1 cup garlic cloves
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 large onions diced
  • 1/2 lemon in slices
  • 3-4 pieces turmeric root ( if available)
  • 1 32 oz bottle Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs recommended)


  • On a large cutting board, slice all hot peppers being careful not to touch the inside of the pepper, or wear gloves.
  • Chop ginger, horseradish, turmeric, garlic and onions.
  • Slice lemon. You can leave herbs on the stems.
  • Arrange everything in a large glass jar or mason jar.
  • Pour the ACV over everything, until it just covers the top.
  • Place a label with date on jar.
  • Place in a dark place in a pantry or cabinet.
  • Let set up to 6 weeks.
  • Once a day give it a shake.
  • After the 6 weeks strain, and keep in a jar in the fridge.
  • I like to pour some in a smaller jar and add a couple tablespoons of local honey.
  • I  take 1 tsp daily, or 2-3 tsp when not feeling well.
  • large amounts of ginger should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • *for more like this check out Homemade Vitamin C

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