Thursday, October 29, 2009

S.U.P.E.R T.O.N.I.C.

(Halloween...Circa 2001)

I just LOVE this time of the year!!
Right now, I feel like a witch or a gypsy and I need a cauldron and wooden spoon to brew up the potent tonic spell that is steeping right now in my kitchen...which is guaranteed to open up your sinuses, clear out a head cold and keep away the Vampires! (wink!)

Tracy's sister Shelley
has got us hooked on something called "Super Tonic". She has made this up for years and given us several jars of it and we enjoy it SO much that we got the recipe and are making up our first brew of this. It's pretty exciting!

For some crazy reason I have always been fascinated by "old fashioned" remedies for various "ails". I even had a relative that made cough syrup by cooking honey and chopped onion for hours on the stove and the syrup was a soothing relief to drink for a sore throat.

The ingredients in Super Tonic are individually and collectively, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and have many other benefits as well.

White onion---is anti-flammatory, antibacterial and good for digestion
Garlic---anti-fungal, anti-viral
Habanero Peppers---reduces inflammation, clears mucus membranes, detoxifying
Ginger root---anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory improves digestion
Horseradish root---antibiotic, heats up the body to detox
Recipe for Supertonic
1 large white onion

1/4 cup chopped cayenne peppers (leave seeds in), OR you can use a combination of Habanero/Jalapeno friend even uses 15-20 Habanero peppers Whichever combination you use will work great. You can also sprinkle in a teaspoon or two of dried Cayenne pepper if your peppers aren't hot enough)
3/4 cup grated horseradish root, peeled

4 whole heads of garlic (not cloves)
1/2 cup grated and peeled ginger root

Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar 2 to 3 quarts

Put the
onions, garlic, and peppers, cayenne, horseradish and ginger in a blender and blend until they are a mush.

Put mixture
in a gallon size glass jar. Add vinegar until there is about 1-2 inches of vinegar above chopped ingredients (I put in 2 quarts of vinegar)

jar with plastic lid. Leave on counter for one week , pushing stuff down in jar a minimum of 3 times per day with a NON-metal spoon. MAKE SURE to keep sides of jars clean....The stuff sitting on sides of jar can mold and ruin the whole batch.

After 1 week
place jar in cool dark place for 3-4 weeks.

(through 4 layers of cheesecloth)
and then put remaining liquid into dropper bottles, OR, you can store this in a mason jar in the fridge. (discard solids)

Keep Refrigerated and then during cold and flu season to keep icky bugs away put a few dropper-fulls of this down your throat everyday.
Just making this makes you immune to just about anything and nothing could live in your kitchen for a while, it is pretty strong smelling . I LOVE to take the lid off and inhale the cleans out my sinuses every time.

Great gift to give friends!! Don't you wish you were my neighbor...I'd bring you a jar of Super Tonic along with a fresh baked pie, plate of cookies or fresh baked French Bread! (BIG wink)

We have some in our fridge from March of 2008 and it is still potent and hasn't gone bad . It literally can last for years!
All of that vinegar is a preservative and makes it keep for ALONG time.
Looking forward to November 28th
when our Super Tonic will be done "Brewing" and we can fill jars and enjoy the benefits and yummyness of dumping this in our mouths everyday. It's also SO yummy to put a few dropper-fulls of this in soups, or put some on a salad in place of salad dressing!
Lest, you think I'm crazy...
I'm not really...I'm just an adventurous person that likes to try things!


The Garden of Egan said...

Uhm, Kimmie........I think I'll pass. That looks nasty with a capital NNNNNNNasty! I've seen stuff like that in the ER and I don't put it in my throat. I'm sure you will be healthier than anyone on the planet AND you are my hero for steeping, growing, brewing or whatever you are doing....yup you are amazing.
I'll take the pie though....Have a Happy Halloween you cute little gypsy witch.

Connie said...

All those jabanero peppers SHOULD clean out the sinuses! This is very interesting...not sure about wanting to take it every day but I can sure see the benefits of all combined!
Love your costume.

Small House said...

WOW.....I'm certain that this WILL chase away any ailments that come your way. It's quite a list of ingredients.

My daughter has a friend that got the Swin Flu and had a football game in two days. He ate lot's and lot's of garlic. He was cured in 2 days. She said he smelled like garlic, and he sweat garlic, but he was better.

And, YES I would like you as my neighbor, I'm sure the just love you.

Ann Marie said...

How do you know if it goes bad??

I think it's so awesome that you are adventurous!

Is there anything you don't always have brewing?? Your kids are lucky duckies to have you always brewing up something yummy!

Do the kids like this?

Britt said...

Just reading the ingredients makes my eyes water and toes curl. haha. - but if it helps, then I'd say it's worth it. hmm... we might have to try it (maybe i'll have to tell my kids it's like something Mary and Laura would have taken. hehe. :) Thanks for all of your great tips and for being such a wonderful friend. :)

Cherie said...

OK Kimmie this one has me laughing BIG TIME but you would have to know my Father in Law. He is THE biggest health nut I know and one of the things he swears by is an onion and garlic sandwich every day. YES EVERY DAY!!! He has promoted this sandwich too us for years - Can I just say - UMMM I'll pass - and it has kind of become the family joke.
We asked his wife how she can stand it. I mean come on!! She has many good comebacks at this point which all have to do with strong mouthwash - hee hee.
So now that I have also seen your supertonic which consists of onions and garlic I am guessing this is the key to life. I am thinking they may find it cures cancer one day!
You are a hoot woman!!

(Sorry for the long story!)

Love the picture. Have a Fun Halloween!

Sondra said...

WOW! I'd say that would clean you all out! My mother used to make a mustard plaster that we would have to wear when we were little. We've tried to make one now - but the ingredients are banned or you need a prescription. I love things like this ... and if I were one of your neighbors I would love it. I don't think I'll be brewing this up though.

Happy Halloween!

Candace Taylor said...

I gave mom a huge bag of peppers for her to make a batch. In exchange, she is going to give me some super tonic. I am not sure when it will be done brewing. I like to squirt it in soup to make it real hot. This post makes me laugh--And all the scared comments too.