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Getting Ready (a bit late) for Flu/Cold Season

October 15, 2009

In getting ready for cold and flu season (although I know I am a bit late! blame the pregnancy) I am making some Fire Cider a.k.a Master Tonic and just for fun some delicious Ginger, Fennel Syrup. There are many other ways to prepare for this season: eat healthily, make plenty of bone broth and consume regularily, get as much sunshine as possible, exercise, drink herbal teas etc. What are your secrets to avoiding the cold/flu?

Here is the recipe for Fire Cider (I am going to make 1/2 gallon): Only get fresh/organic if possible…

  • 1 part garlic
  • 1 part spicy onion
  • 1 part ginger
  • 1 part horseradish
  • 1 part pepper (cayenne, jalapeno, habanero, serrano etc.)
  • raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar


  1. Grate/chop all of your fresh ingredients.
  2. Fill a jar 3/4 full with them.
  3. Pour the apple cider vinegar over everything and fill to the top.
  4. Set in a dark place or paper bag for 14 days and shake whenever you pass by it.
  5. After 14 days, strain and enjoy!
  6. To use: take about 1-2 tablespoons daily as a preventative tonic.

You can also save the herbs that you have strained out and use them with honey and lemon or whatever you choose as a salad dressing or marinade, or any other crazy concoction that you come up with!

This second recipe I found here. And boy oh boy is it delicious!

Cold and Flu Cough Syrup

2 cups water
2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
2 tablespoons fennel seeds

Simmer herbs and water on low heat until water volume is one cup. Strain out and discard herbs. Add ½ cup honey and store in the refrigerator. Take 1 tablespoon three times a day at the onset of cold symptoms.
Shelf life: 3 months stored fridge

Also: Just made a HUGE pot of chicken soup with tons of garlic, onions, cayenne and ginger in it! I will freeze this in double serving portions, so that we have a quick, tasty and healthful cold remedy/meal on hand!!!

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