Tickly throat? Cough? Congestion? Any time I feel a cold coming on, I start taking shots of my homemade Rawkstar Tonic (aka: Fire Cider).
Warning: This isn't for everyone. This is the most potent, powerful folk remedy I have ever tried. Every time I take a shot, it literally takes my breath away, makes me cry and I almost breath fire. And none of that is an exaggeration.
I know I am doing a bad job of selling you on it so far— but stick with me. This stuff works! I love that it's derived from fresh produce and raw ingredients, which beats any over the counter cold medicine in my book.
I should also let you know that my entire family (husband and 2 kids) hasn't taken any form of medicine in 5 years. No Tylenol. No Zycam. No Benadryl. No antibiotics. Nothing. We made it through preschool and all the way to second grade so far with no medication). We've been able to fight off everything that comes our way naturally with Rawkstar Tonic, sleep, my honey/lemon/ginger remedy, green smoothies, hot showers, chiropractic adjustments and ice baths.
Last thing I'm gonna tell you before I get to the recipe is this: I'm the only one in my family that does the Rawkstar Tonic— the smell and burn are too much for the rest of them. It's that intense! My kids flee the kitchen as soon as I bring the bottle out— it stinks. Yet I've never shied away from potency— the stronger the better! I want to kick a cold as quick as possible!
I even brought a small mason jar of this with me to Guatemala last summer to keep me healthy. Every year, members of our missions team seem to get sick— it's just part of traveling. I believe the more we can lean on natural remedies first…the better.
Rawkstar Tonic (aka: Fire Cider)
- 1/2 cup fresh ginger root grated
- 1/2 cup fresh horseradish root grated
- 1 onion chopped
- 10 cloves garlic crushed or chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
- 1 lemon zest and juice
- apple cider vinegar
Dice, peel and chop all ingredients into small pieces and toss into a bowl. (If you've never grated fresh horseradish, it can be intense!)
Mix it all together and scoop into a quart-sized mason jar.
Pour apple cider vinegar on top of all ingredients until completely submerged.
Cover with an airtight lid. (You can place a piece of parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or use a plastic lid if you have one.)
Store in a dark, cool place for a month (like the back of a pantry) and shake every few days.
After a month, pour contents through a sieve to separate the liquid from the solids.
Pour the liquid that went through the sieve in a sterilized clean jar in the fridge— this is your Rawkstar Tonic. When you feel the onset of a tickly throat, congestion, cough— take a shot glass full of this a few times a day.
Use organic ingredients if you can.
You can reuse the solid chunks by putting them into a new clean mason jar. Fill back up with fresh apple cider vinegar and store in a cool dark place for another month. (I reuse the same ingredients 2-3 times).
This is a VERY POTENT tonic— so use with caution. It is often called Fire Cider for this reason. 🙂
How the process works:
I took a few pictures of the process so you can see how it's supposed to go…
Grate and chop everything and put into a mason jar. Pour the apple cider vinegar on top of it (to the brim) and seal the lid. Store in a dark place for at least a month… and shake every few days.
After a month, pour the entire jar through a wire sieve to separate the liquid from the pulp. I like to reuse the pulp for a second or third round of Rawkstar Tonic. Just put the pulp back in a mason jar and cover with apple cider vinegar. Shake it up and store in a cool dark place for a month.
With the liquid, I like to pour it into this amber glass bottle that I have and store in the fridge. At the first sign of a cold or bug, I take shots of this a few times a day. You can literally feel it killing everything in your throat and stomach the entire way down. It's potent and sooooo good!
Let me know what you think!
Once you've tried this tonic, I'd love for you to leave a review/comment below (along with a star rating). Also— please share this blog post with your friends and family. I think you'll be surprised who is down to try it and who it helps!