Herbal Remedies for Colds
Also Known As Dragon's Breath

master tonic homemade cold remedy

Oh my goodness! I was reading an email from a company (who shall remain nameless) about the Texas family who has been quarantined by the government since they are relatives of the Ebola patient. He told how they were having food supplies brought in, but if a pandemic hit, most people would not be ready to self-quarantine.

Reading a bit further, I discovered they were selling herbal remedies for cold; a tonic they listed as an “Anti-Plague formula…an immune system formula with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Cool. Then I looked at the price. For 16 ounces, one must pay $69.95 plus shipping. OUCH!

Here's a Copy of their Product Description:

Master Tonic (Previously known as Super Tonic)

* Historically used as An Anti-Plague Formula, immune system formula with antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

Contains: Apple cider vinegar, fresh garlic bulb, fresh hot peppers and onions, horseradish and ginger root.

Keep out of the reach of children. Not to be taken by pregnant women or nursing mothers. Check with your doctor before use.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

About our herbs: Most are “wild crafted” (harvested from the wild as much as possible). The rest are purchased from reputable wholesalers, organic whenever possible. Tinctures are made on the new moon, shaken (not stirred) at least once a day, and then strained on the full moon. Great care is taken to follow nature and historic uses and methods as possible.

Master Tonic - Homemade

Now, the reason this shocked me is because, looking at their list of ingredients, it is the same master tonic I make homemade every fall which I call 'Dragon's Breath.'  There are other herbal remedies for colds around, but this is my favorite go to recipe. When I am around those who are sniffling and sneezing, or at the first sign of a cold, I take a swig of Dragon's Breath. The result...the symptoms disappear.

Dragon's Breath Recipe (FREE)

Chop up a large quantity of the following. Exact measurements are not necessary, as long as you have a healthy bit of each item. Don’t use powdered versions. Get the real stuff!

  1. Onions (the hotter the better)
  2. Garlic  (lots – ‘cause it’s good for you!)
  3. Horseradish (doesn’t take much – I used a piece about the thickness of a banana and half as long)
  4. Ginger root (it doesn’t take much…10 -12 slices is okay)
  5. Parsley (about two bunches)
  6. Cheyenne peppers (lots – I had four large ones from my greenhouse)

Put the chopped items into a gallon jar. Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar. At least two cups of the vinegar should be the raw type with the ‘mother’. I use Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

Cover the jar opening with a clean dishtowel and secure with a rubber band. You want the elixir to ‘breathe’. Leave it for anywhere from two to six weeks. After a time, strain the liquid, bottle it, and put it in the refrigerator.

When illness threatens, mix two tablespoons of the Dragon’s Breath with two or more tablespoons of honey in a cup of warm (almost hot) water. Drink with a straw and then brush your teeth afterwards. (The vinegar may soften the enamel of your teeth.)   Additional honey can be added if you like…or if you don’t like the taste of vinegar. You really don’t taste the other items.

I mixed up a batch the last of September, but before it had time to age, I was exposed to sneezing children. Feeling a scratchy throat and sneezing constantly, I decided to try some of my newly created batch even though it hadn’t aged yet. It worked beautiful. No more scratchiness….no more sneezing! By the next morning, I felt great. Whew!

Of course, you must use your own judgment as to its use. I’m not a medical person and as such, can’t diagnose, treat, or offer a cure for any illness. However, this stuff works for me.

I have developed a liking for the taste and enjoy it. It’s my morning hot drink throughout the winter. Remember, I’m a substitute teacher, so I get exposed to everything that is going around! I take it as a preventative measure.

My son, however, refuses to try it. He's not much into herbal remedies for colds. That’s okay. He doesn't know that I've been using it to make his favorite salad dressing. Giggle, giggle, snort, giggle.

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Herbal Remedies for Colds

Contributing Author:
Loa Anderson