Viruses and bacteria, referred to as antigens, the scientific term for any foreign substance that triggers a response from the body’s immune system, are all around us. It’s impossible to avoid them (although hand washing helps prevent their spread). Eventually our immune systems are going to go into battle with these antigens.
Let’s help our body win the battle! This elixer is filled with immune-boosting goodness to help prevent full-blown illnesses and fight them off faster if you do get them.
How Does it Taste?
As you might expect from the ingredients, a shot of this will awaken your taste buds and your body! The more jalapeños you add the more “fire” your cider will have. Actually, I really like how it tastes! It’s sort of like a vinaigrette dressing with a punch! Many traditional recipes call for horseradish which gives it an additional nasal-opening punch. Since I’m not a huge fan and wanted my little one to possibly drink it, I left it out of this batch. Really, you can tweak this recipe to your taste or to what you already have on hand!
How Do You Use It?
I like to take about 1 tablespoon daily to boost my health during the fall and winter months. If I feel some sickness coming on, I have taken up to 1 tablespoon every 1-2 hours until I feel better. It can also be used as a salad dressing or diluted in hot water and drank as a tea. For my little one, I put 1 teaspoon in lemonade and she loves it! Personally, I just like to shoot it!
1/2 Cup Ginger, grated or finely chopped
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Small Orange, sliced
1 Lemon, juiced and zested
1 Head of Garlic, minced
1-3 Jalapeño Peppers, sliced
1 Tablespoon Turmeric
2 Sprigs Rosemary
2-3 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar, with the mother
Raw Honey, to taste
- In a quart-sized canning jar, layer all of the ingredients except apple cider vinegar and honey. The jar should end up being about 3/4 full.
- Pour apple cider vinegar over the mixture to fill the jar.
- Seal the jar and store it on a shelf for 2-4 weeks, shaking it daily to mix all of the ingredients.
- After 2-4 weeks, strain and discard the herbs, fruits and veggies.
- Add honey to taste and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
What’s your favorite illness cure?