It was about a year ago when Northern Virginia got hit with a blizzard, and I got extremely sick. This wasn’t going to work for me because my son was about two months and my wife was about to go back to work. I probably bought out CVS’s cold supplies and was still sick for about a month. That was a lot of cold and flu medicine that I made repeat purchases on. I might as well have had a weekly subscription on Amazon!

I decided to try some more natural remedies since the over-the-counter stuff just wasn’t doing it for me. Fortunately some of it helped and now I am converted to a natural remedy believer (hey — if it works!!) Below are the tonics I use when I start to feel under the weather!

Fire Cider


Fire Cider was the fist step in my conversion toward natural remedies. It was about midway through my sickness last year that my wife’s friend told her about Fire Cider and Oregano Oil. My first thought was I don’t want to try this hippie crap, but I was desperate. I begrudgingly drove to MOMs organic and bought the ingredients. The dosage was three times a day of one tablespoon of Fire Cider and four drops of oregano oil. At the end of the second day I felt better than I did the first couple of weeks taking the over the counter medicine. This hippie crap is not hippie crap, it is an excellent tonic that saved money and most importantly WORKED in the long run!


Brad’s Prevention Tonic



I found another great tonic from, called Brads Prevention Tonic. This tonic is great for taking when you are in the beginning stages of your sickness.


  • 1 2″ piece peeled ginger
  • 1 1″ piece peeled turmeric (optional)
  • 1 sprig mint, lightly bruised
  • 1 sprig tarragon, lightly bruised
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 full dropper Quantum Cold & Flu Liquid Extract (about 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1 full dropper elderberry liquid extract (about 1/4 tsp.)
  • Splash of unsweetened cranberry juice (not from concentrate)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

The Golden Elixir


The last tonic I’m going to talk about is a morning tonic I use. The base of this tonic is warm lemon water, best drinking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  Here is the recipe that I got from, and the changes I made to it:


  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp raw honey
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Pinch sea salt (I get a little fancy with pink Himalayan Sea Salt)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

For an added punch I add one teaspoon of Moringa to make this tonic more of a morning tea. I add a tablespoon and a half of this to a cup of water in the morning on an empty stomach.

These are three great tonics I use to try and stay healthy what are some things you have tried!



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