Posted on: December 20, 2018 at 8:33 pm
Last updated: January 11, 2019 at 7:55 am

As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets.


You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season.

Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to nature.


This amazing cold and flu master tonic is ridiculously easy to make, highly effective, won’t break the bank and will last you for years!

The Health Benefits

This cold and flu tonic is jam packed with natural ingredients with potent therapeutic power.


This spicy root warms the body, causing you to sweat and expel toxins. If you’re suffering from an upset stomach, it can even soothe gastrointestinal problems.


This ancient spice is perfect for anyone suffering from a cold. It has immune boosting capabilities, can improve your digestion, possess anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiviral properties. It’s an all around holy grail of health.



Onions are a rich source of Quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that has a multitude of wonderful benefits. Including anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties.

Apple Cider Vinegar

As you probably already know, this vinegar is a health powerhouse. It helps your body eliminate toxins, soothes a sore throat, promotes healthy digestion, boosts your immune system and relieves sinus infections.


These flaming hot peppers aren’t just for a little extra flavor kick. Capsaicin, the active ingredients in peppers, works as a potent pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.


Not only does it keep away vampires, it also deters nasty bacteria, functioning as an antiviral, anti-fungal and antibiotic.



  1. Wash ingredients
  2. Chop and place in high powered blender
  3. Add apple cider vinegar and blend on high until smooth
  4. Pour into a glass jar.
  5. Cover with lid.
  6. Cover jar with a towel.
  7. Shake once daily while infusing.
  8. Let sit on the counter for 4 weeks.
  9. Strain through a mesh strainer and put liquid back in a glass container.
  10. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 years! ( Seriously, 2 years)

How to use:

  • Take 2 Tbsp three times daily at the first sign of a cold
  • Gargle and swallow full strength (do not dilute)
  • Take 4 times daily if already sick
  • Mix with a spoonful of honey if you need help getting it down

Note: Ginger and garlic can increase blood flow by naturally thinning the blood. Talk with your doctor before consuming large quantities of either of these if you’re already on a blood thinner.

This article was written by Susan Patterson and shared with permission from our friends at Natural Living Ideas.

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