Homemade Cold Remedy Cider

coldelixirThis stuff packs a punch.  But since I actually enjoy strong flavors, including vinegar, taking a shot of this all-natural cold remedy is completely do-able.

I first stumbled upon a recipe like this a year or two ago on the internet.  There are lots of variations on the internet for old-fashioned cold brews like this.  The thing is, this remedy actually does some good in our house.

This natural cold remedy is not just a bunch of healthy hoo-ha that talks a big talk – for me, this cold remedy truly walks the walk.

Last fall and winter, we regularly pulled our jar of this out of the fridge and took a shot whenever we were feeling a cold or sniffles coming on.  And the real kicker for me was when I had an infection in late winter, and drank enough of this stuff that I was able to get over the infection without using antibiotics.  Now, I am my own guinea pig, and I would never suggest someone diagnose themselves or try to heal infections with only homemade remedies as each person is different and what works for me may not work for you.  That being said, we drank an entire batch of this over the course of last winter, and I recently made a new batch for the current fall and winter, because it truly helps.

It’s very easy to make:

  • 1 quart organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped head of garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated horseradish
  • 2 T turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup manuka honey (I like to use a combination of honey, but use what you have available)
  • 1/2 cup organic local or raw honey

The first step is to combine the vinegar, chopped onion, garlic, horseradish, turmeric, and cayenne in a bowl and transfer it into a lidded jar.  Let this mixture set untouched for about a month on your countertop – don’t refrigerate! You can see from my photograph above what it looks like before it is strained – the chucks of onion, garlic, and horseradish float at the top and the mother and spices settle at the bottom. This is normal.

After a month, strain the mixture well, squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Discard the solid pieces and retain the liquid.  Mix in the honey and rebottle.  Taste it.  Be prepared for this concoction to kick back – but drink it knowing that it is full of healthy benefits.  Keep refrigerated.  Shake well and take approximately a shot glass full whenever you are dealing with cold-like symptoms.

What are your favorite all-natural remedies for winter colds?  Have you ever tried a cold remedy cider?

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