This is the 24th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here.
The tonic is like the modern day antibiotic. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but being allergic to spicy foods, I kept hesitating. Most master tonics require the use of horseradish and chillies or canyenne peppers, which I can’t take. I suspect the eczema on my finger is due to skin contact with a chilli pepper a couple of months ago, which triggered the swelling and the itch. Contact Dermatitis, so they say.
I have a goal to convert my home to a natural home as much as possible. Its not completely done, I still have some chemical products which I want to replace when its finished. The goal is to live frugal and natural. Making your own cleaning products and using foods to build your own immunity is as frugal and natural as it can get.
As Hippocrates say: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.
Every year when the winter creeps in, everywhere we see ideas, and posts about how to keep warm. The Master Tonic is one of the most popular posts in winter. Everyone is making it keep warm and build resistance through the cold season.
I decided to make my own version of a tonic. Apple Cider Vinegar is quite costly to buy raw & organic. I wanted to replace it with Kombucha Vinegar as I brew my own and have a continuous supply of it. As for the ingredients, I kept it simple, and removed the horseradish and chillis which I may be allergic to.
I made a small jar as a trial for myself. I’ve seen others using kombucha, so I know it works. As quoted from Sam Biser:
“This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh. Its power should not be underestimated. This formula is a modern day plague tonic. It is said that when added to an incurable routine it could cure the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases. It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. This formula is not just for the sniffles, it has helped to turn around the deadliest diseases.“
Its one of the best natural remedies around and it hardly goes bad, since vinegar is already fermented with lively bacteria.
A mixture of natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitical, this is the best addition to a natural home’s medicine cabinet. Not forgetting that its also filled with probiotics, which help your body absorb the benefits better.
The best times to knock a shot of this tonic is when you feel a congestion in the nasal passages, or an itchy throat coming up. This tonic is safe for kids over the age of 2, but may require diluting it as the heat can be quite strong. Great for people with sinus issues, or when you feel the cold weather, in your bones.
I started out coarsely chopping the ingredients, but as tears started to swell in my eyes, and by the time I got through some garlic and the first onion, I could not keep my eyes open. I continued the remaining ingredients by pulsing them in my blender. I’m sure a food processor will be perfect for bulk brewing of this tonic.
You’ll want to lightly pulse them so they have wider surface area to help with the fermenting process.
To enjoy the maximum benefits of this tonic, use only fresh produce. I added everything recommended in the recipe to improve the potency of the tonic, but I personally left out horseradish and the peppers as I am allergic to spicy foods.
What are you waiting for?? Get shakin’!
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