Vinegar Tonic

This vinegar tonic is an excellent illustration of the intersection of nutrition and herbal medicine. It is a concoction of powerful anti-oxidants, immune boosters, blood tonics and infection suppressants. 

All the ingredients are cooking ingredients. We have some of our information on the efficacy of these ingredients from the herbalism series we are watching called “REMEDY”. Unfortunately by the time you see this the free access to the series would have expired but it is still for sale at an amazingly low cost considering the benefits, and comparing it to a few trips to the doctor and coming away without healing. We also do google searches on the ingredients so I cannot guarantee all of this information. 

I can only report that when we take a tablespoon or two regularly, colds and flu seem to occur less often. It does seem to protect us. The effects of these herbal medicines in the recipe are mild, and so long term consumption of the vinegar tonic in small quantities is what strengthens the body and supports immune and other functions. There is not space to discuss the most important medicinally active ingredients in the spices now, but we will be delving into all of this with time. We have been taking the turmeric tonic for a few years and my husband swears by it. It makes the eyes water so be careful not to choke the first time you take a spoonful. In the long run its not unpleasant.

A word of caution on spice powders, a child choked to death on dry cinnamon powder. Don't take spoonfuls of dry spice powders, they make you gasp and once in your lungs they block them and can cause asphyxiation.

  • Nutmeg lowers blood pressure apparently, and is among other things a sleep promoter, a sedative according to the herbalism series we are watching called “REMEDY”. It is supposed to take four hours to start working, but can keep one asleep for eight hours, unlike many sleep remedies which only make one sleep for four hours. One practitioner claims it contains phyto-chemicals similar to components of the recreational drug ecstasy. I'm not that interested in hallucinogens, my life is crazy enough and just staying steady is a challenge. Much larger doses are required to knock one out for sleeping or other purposes than are found in this tonic recipe. With such a potent drug proceed with caution.
  • Garlic and the other Alliums like onion are very healthy. Garlic helps with cholesterol and sticky platelets, a vasodilator, reducing blood fat and increasing the heart's contraction strength. It is also an antibiotic.
  • Turmeric is touted as a great anti-oxidant, giving it anti inflammatory, and pro heart, anti cancer functions.
  • Ginger is also included for its powerful anti-oxidant, anti inflammatory effects. It also reduces nausea.
  • Cider vinegar is not only the carrier of the spices in this recipe. It is claimed to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar.
  • Chilies are reputed to reduce blood pressure, guard against atherosclerosis and cardio vascular disease, improve cognitive functioning and promote red blood cell formation, boost immunity, inhibit cancer, clear the nasal passages, sooth the intestines, provide vitamin A for eye health and promote weight loss.
  • Cinnamon contains anti-oxidants which have anti-inflammatory effects, lowering the risk of heart disease, can improve sensitivity to insulin and lower blood sugar, has improved neuron and motor function in mice, and may protect against neurodegenerative disease. In lab tests it was shown that it may reduce the growth of cancer cells and slow blood vessel proliferation in tumors, and helps fight bacterial, fungal and viral infection.



Ingredients
For
Healthy Vinegar Tonic

  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup grated onion
  • ½ cup grated ginger
  • ½ cup grated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 3 ripe red cayenne chilis with seeds, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ nutmeg powder



Directions

  • Mix ingredients and place them in a glass jar, close the lid
  • Leave tonic to steep for a at least 3 days
  • Shake it three times a day during this time.

Thereafter take one to 3 tablespoons of the liquid once or more times per day. 




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