Its cold season so I thought I would share with you my two seceret weapons. Cold snap and Fire Cider. Cold Snap is a chinese herbal remedy that either speeds up your cold if you are in the middle of it, or prevents it from coming. Last September (2007) I fought off a cold by taking Cold Snap every time I sneezed.
Fire Cider is way way better then Cold snap.
I had my first Fire Cider in college. My roomate hade scored some from the herbalist collective. My second fire cider I made myself. Its an easy concoction. The batch I just made had too much cayanne pepper in it. Its far too spicy.
1 quart Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Horseradish root grated
1/8 cup of Garlic chopped
1/2 cup of Onion chopped
1/2 cup of Ginger grated
1 tsp Cayenne
(I add a tablespoon or two of yellow tumeric root. But only add that if you have it fresh.)
Place all ingredients in a quart jar and cover with Apple Cider Vinegar. Cap the jar tightly (if you have a metal cap line it with plastic or the vinegar will eat the metal) and steep in a cool dark place for 6 weeks. Strain into a clean jar and then decant into a clean contianer. I put mine back into the vinegar bottle. To decant put a cotton ball or wad o' cheesecloth into the chute of a funnel and pour fire cider in. Occasionally you will need to remove the cotton and rinse it off or it will get all gunked up.
A good dosage is between a teaspoon and a tablespoon a day when you are exposed to illness, or just feel like you could use a kick in the butt. This stuff is strong so I don't recommend it as an everyday medicine. I also add an ounce or two to greens, soups, and other yummies. And I have been known do shots of this stuff.