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Being out in the pollen filled woods yesterday gave me a little tickle in my throat, so it’s about time to break out the batch of fire tonic I made last Fall. Fire tonic is a mixture of pungent herbs, hot peppers, and apple cider vinegar, used to help open up the sinuses. Let me tell you, it works if you can get it in you. Since I’ve been pretty busy today I thought I’d make a small post and just give y’all my recipe for fire tonic so you can make some for yourself.

Fire Tonic

1 32 oz. bottle apple cider vinegar. I like to use unfiltered, it seems to taste better and it’s easier on the stomach.

5-10 cloves of garlic, crushed

3-5 hot peppers, as hot as you can stand

1 3 inch knob of ginger, crushed

1 medium onion, peeled and diced

¼ c. chopped sage

¼ c. chopped rosemary

¼ c. chopped thyme

¼ c. crushed star anise or green sweetgum balls (sources for shikimic acid which helps fight the flu virus)

Take all of this and combine it in large mason jar, all the herbs and vegetables are going to take up a lot of room. Let this stand in a dark place for about two months. Shake everyday. After it’s finished macerating strain off the liquid, add about a half cup honey, bottle.

I usually wait another month or so before I drink any. It gets better with age. Take a shot of that when you’re feeling congested and it’ll knock it right out.