This is one of the easiest kitchen medicine formulas that you could ever create. You might want to wear gloves and make this Tonic in a well ventilated area. Here is what the basic recipe consists of – use equal parts if possible:
Ginger: increases circulation to the extremities
Hot peppers: Cayenne, Habanero, Jalapeno, Serrano … any combination of the hottest peppers available!
Ok, so I didn’t exactly have equal parts of each ingredient, but I am pretty sure it will be hot enough to do the job! You really cannot mess this up.
Close and shake vigorously and then top off the vinegar if necessary. Make this tonic formula on the NEW moon and strain and bottle on the FULL moon, (approximately 14 days). Filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton, cheesecloth or a very fine sieve. Remember to bottle and label.
Dosage:Use vinegar tonic 1/2 to 1 ounce, two or more times daily, gargle and swallow.
You can eat the solid herb mash on toast or crackers.
It can be especially warming when one comes in from the cold, snowy, windy or wet weather. Even just a quick sniff will clear stuffy sinuses.
Notes: Store your vinegar tonic in a dark place as light will deteriorate it. You can put the jar in a paper bag for the brewing and shaking process. Vinegar tonics can last indefinitely, while herbs can lose potency within a year. Also, vinegar tonics can enter your system in seconds, as compared with dry herbs in capsules which have to be digested first.
According to one source, "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."
Dr. Richard Schulz writes: "...I designed this formula as a fresh herb alternative to Dr. Christopher’s plague formula, to be more alive, an herbal juice tonic, and believe me, you don’t want to be without formulas like this when you or your loved ones get ill; it will save your life. Make up plenty, it can’t go bad because vinegar already is (fermented), and will last almost forever".
Caution: Ginger moves the blood. Avoid excess ginger with pregnancy.
Here is an article that further describes the various benefits of using this Master Tonic: http://fairhillsfarm.com/2008/12/11/some-good-old-fashioned-horseradish/
Here is a video so you can see how easy this Tonic is to make: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wQbGDmaKZc
Whew~ this is potent stuff!
Update: April, 2014: The pulp can also be used, and many of my clients have been quite creative: one makes it into salad dressing, another adds a teaspoon to scrambled eggs, another puts about half a teaspoon on a cracker. Still another makes it into a meat or vegetable marinade. I like to freeze it in ice cube trays and then toss one cube into soup, stew, chili, etc. to give it a little zing.
I have also found that because of the powerful kick this tonic can have, that it is easier to take a dose when it is COLD, so you might consider storing it in the fridge.