Master Tonic or Fire Cider as it is often called is a great immune booster as well as an amazing cold and flu home remedy.
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Since there is an ongoing legal debate over the rights of the name Fire Cider, I am just gonna try to remember to refer to it as Master Tonic in this post. At home we call it both.
This amazing bottle of goodness is always in our refrigerator. Many people just keep it around during cold and flu season in the winter months, but we are ready for anything anytime on the Happy Homestead.
You never know when a cold can hit. Summer colds are the worst! We want to be ready just in case.
Mr. Happy has a tendency to get sinus infections and seasonal allergies bother him a bit in the spring and at harvest time, so having Master Tonic on hand all year round is a must at our house. This stuff will certainly open up your sinuses!
It lasts a long time in the refrigerator since it’s made from apple cider vinegar.
Master Tonic is so easy to make, it’s ridiculous. The hardest part for me is finding good horseradish root. I plan on planting some this spring and see if I can grow my own.
All Master Tonic recipes call for onions, garlic, ginger root, horseradish root and cayenne or some kind of pepper with a bit of a kick. That’s the basic recipe.
But, I promised Master Tonic Fire Cider with a twist, didn’t I? Well here it is…
My recipe has St. John’s Wort and Rosemary herbs for added immune boosting power and Turmeric powder for its overall health and anti-inflammatory properties.
The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for it to infuse all that goodness for a few weeks and remembering to give it a gentle shake every day or two.
Here’s my recipe for Master Tonic…
Master Tonic Fire Cider Home Remedy Recipe
The very best Master Tonic Fire Cider is an easy to make home remedy recipe to boost your immune system, kick colds, flu, sinus and allergies fast! Most of the ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already. This is the absolute best by far Master Tonic my family has ever made.
- 3 large onions peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 cups ginger root peeled and grated or sliced with or without peel
- 2 cups horseradish root peeled
- 12 cloves garlic peeled
- 3 hot peppers of your choice optional - if you don't like the heat, leave out the peppers
- 1/2 cup dried St. John's Wort herb
- 1/2 cup dried Rosemary herb
- 1 tsp ground Cayenne pepper more or less according to your taste. I usually add more after I strain.
- 2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 bottles Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar with mother
Peel then chop onions and horseradish root in large chunks about the size of a quarter.
Peel and grate or slice with peel on the ginger root.
Peel garlic cloves. If you put them all in a jar and shake the beejeezuss out of it they peel themselves.
Toss everything a bit and put in a gallon glass jar.
Add the rest of the ingredients, pouring the apple cider vinegar in last.
Shake well. Leave on the counter or in a conspicuous place so you will remember to shake it daily.
Leave to infuse for 2-3 weeks. 3 weeks is best unless the ingredients start to break down badly, then 2 weeks is fine. The more direct sunlight it gets the more likely this will happen.
Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and place over a large bowl or measuring cup with a pouring spout. Pour all liquid out of jar through strainer with cheesecloth. Use funnel to transfer back into vinegar bottles or glass bottles of your choosing.
Optional: Add more cayenne if more heat is desired. Remember the cayenne will open up sinuses and help clear congestion.
Optional: Add 1/2-1 cup local RAW honey to sweeten if desired.
Refrigerate. Last for many months.
Take 1 tsp daily to strengthen immune system, take 1 tsp several times a day if you feel a cold or flu coming on until all symptoms are gone.
Be sure to save your vinegar bottles to reuse when your Master tonic is ready to strain. I usually soak them in hot water and remove the vinegar labels when I empty them so I can put my own label on them when I refill them.
You may wish to add more ground cayenne pepper when you strain your tonic. That's when you can tell if it needs it or not.
Master tonic tastes great on salads.
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