A year ago I joined a Bible Study based off of Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 written by Lori Merrill with Keeper of the Home – then I learned they have a blog. However, it was through Pinterest that I found Keeper of the Home’s blog has an AWESOME cold-kicker remedy:
I tried it last year and felt like it worked great. When I felt a cold coming on, I would drink it throughout the day and I felt like it helped.
It is pretty potent, so you definitely only need a tablespoon & a squeeze of honey or agave nectar to 8 oz of hot water.
Some people asked if it is safe for kids. I don’t know. I can’t imagine anything in there would harm them – it just may not be their favorite flavor. Maybe 1/2 a T instead of a full T for kids? As with anything, ask your pediatrician.
Unless I missed it, the original blog post doesn’t indicate whether or not to refrigerate it. I would say, if you have room, go for it. I kept mine in a cupboard for 4-5 months (throughout the cooler months). I had some leftover & threw it out…
I made a mental note to buy the ingredients early (like September) to be ready to combat cold season and share the batch this year.
It is incredibly easy to make – you just have to collect the proper ingredients. I do 90% of our shopping at Vitamin Cottage and they had to order fresh sage leaves and fresh horseradish for my remedy. It was there within a day, so it was no big deal to wait.
You can see the actual proportions on Keeper of the Home’s blog, but here’s the list of ingredients:
- ginger root, freshly grated
- onion, freshly chopped
- fresh rosemary, chopped
- fresh sage leaves, chopped *warning to breastfeeding moms: I took sage to dry up my milk supply while weaning. Fenugreek helps INCREASE milk supply. Talk to your doctor & use at your own discretion*
- grated horseradish
- garlic gloves
- ground cayenne pepper
- organic apple cider vinegar
The biggest thing to remember is that it takes 2-4 weeks to “get happy” in the mason jar before you can use it. You’ll need to shake it daily. But’s it is SO worth it.
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