FIRE STARTER -- Dr. Long's Go-To Immune Tonic
What is Fire Starter you ask? It is a wonderful, traditional herbal remedy that can help to either support your immune system when taken on a daily basis or help to kick a cold right as you feel it starting! Fire Starter is made out of, you guessed it, apple cider vinegar along with a whole host of powerful vegetables/herbs/spices. Fire Starter has horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, cayenne and a pinch of honey and each of these vegetables/herbs/spices has its own unique and powerful immune stimulating properties!
Pressure cooker or large enough pot to hold 32 ounces of apple cider vinegar + all the other ingredients
A sharp knife
A vegetable peeler
Apple cider vinegar (buy it in a glass bottle)
Horseradish – about a 6” piece of horseradish
Garlic – one entire head
Onion – one yellow or red onion
Ginger – about 3” of ginger root
Cayenne – 1-3 tsp, depending on how much spice you like
**It should go without saying, but please buy all these products as organic products that are also non-GMO
Set up your pressure cooker or stove top pot – pour the entire bottle of apple cider vinegar into it
Prepare all your vegetables as follows and put them into the apple cider vinegar in the pressure cooker or stove top pot:
Peel the horseradish and chop roughly (size of pieces don’t matter too much but keep them fairly large so it makes it easy to strain them off later)
Unwrap each individual garlic ‘clove’ from its paper-y outside coating – no need to chop these
Roughly chop the onion into quarters
Peel the ginger and roughly chop (size of pieces don’t matter too much but keep them fairly large so it makes it easy to strain them off later)
Add the cayenne pepper to the apple cider vinegar plus all the vegetables
If using a pressure cooker, put the lid on, lock it in place, plug the unit in and place on “pressure cook” setting and set the time to cook for 2 hours. If using a stove top pot, bring the liquid and vegetables to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and let it simmer for 4 hours.
Once the liquid is cool enough, strain off the vegetables and then mix in 2 tbsp of honey then pour the liquid back into the apple cider vinegar glass jar it came in using a funnel.
Apple Cider Vinegar Immune Tonic is a great way to either boost your immune system and prevent yourself from getting sick this winter season or to treat the slightest tickle or sensation of an illness coming on.
How to use daily for immune support:
For daily, immune supporting use, drink 1 tsp into 2-4 ounces of warm to hot water. You can add in a squeeze of lemon if you want to sip on it or like the taste of lemon.
How to use with a new illness:
To stop a cold in its tracks, drink 2 tsp in 4 ounces of hot water with a squeeze of lemon two to three times daily until your symptoms resolve/don’t progress.
The wonderful thing about apple cider vinegar and all the other vegetables which you made this tonic out of, it that this drink, when taken on a daily basis, can also help to improve digestion!
*DISCLAIMER: This document is not intended to treat or diagnose disease. Before implementing any new treatment protocols be sure to consult with a licensed physician. The author has nothing to disclose in regards to supplements or products mentioned within this document and the author does not receive any monetary or other incentive to mention the recommended supplements or products.
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