I came across a recipe of master tonic a few years ago but filed it under 'things I will make one day'. Many years later and after finishing my studies and learning about the powerful benefits of food and the effects certain foods can have on the body, here I am, giving master tonic a try. It took me a while to locate fresh horseradish, but I managed to track some down at a local grocer.
So you may be thinking, what is a master tonic? It dates back to Medieval Europe and was used as a natural medicine to fight against the many epidemics and diseases. Other uses include viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections. It encourages blood circulation, blood purification and is a powerful force against candida overgrowth. Each ingredient also has its own benefits:
1. Garlic (Allium Sativum): rich in natural sulfur, can boost the function of the immune system, can reduce high blood pressure, can lower total and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), contains protective effects against oxidative stress and can lower free radicals. In Ancient Greece, garlic was used as a 'performance enhancer' for athletes and labourers.
2. Onion (Allium Cepa): a high content of sulfur and antioxidants. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and have been linked to reduced risk of cancer, high blood sugar levels and improved bone health. They are also a prebiotic and help feed the hgood bacteria in your gut.
3. Horseradish (Armoracia Rusticana): has a high nutrient and mineral content, including vitamin C, fibre, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, which work together to boost immunity and prevent cancer, lowers blood pressure, improves digestion, imporves bone health and boosts metabolism. Studies have shown the defence mechanisms against microbes and bacterial infections including listeria, E. Coli and Staphylococcus. Known for it's medicinal effects on the sinuses and lungs.
4. Ginger (Zingiber Officinale): has been used for thousands of years for gastrointestinal problems. It has also been used to stimulate circulation and treat migraines. Numerous studies have proven it's benefits in decreasing nausea, dizziness and vomiting in motion sickness. It stimulates the gallbladder
5. Turmeric (Curcuma Longa): has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and topical antimicrobial properties. It has been used with some success in the short term treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, peptic ulcers, flatulence, protective effects against prostate cancer and high cholesterol.
6. Chilli (Capsicum Annuum): powerful circulatory propellant. Some evidence suggests that capsaicin, a plant compound found in chilli, can promote weight loss by reducing appetite and burning fat.
7, Apple Cider Vinegar: vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. It has been used for wound cleaning, treating ear infections, worts, lice and nail fungus. The use of apple cider vinegar for people with diabetes type 2 has been thoroughly researched and concluded that it can improve insulin sensitivity, reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin function. Studies have shown that it can also lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also helps create more stomach acid for digestion.
If you have read this far, congratulations! After hearing all of these amazing benefits, now it is time to share the recipe!
Chilli (I used about 4 small chillies)
Apple cider vinegar.
1. Chop up all of the ingredients and place in a sterilised jar with a lid.
2. Cover with apple cider vinegar and seal the lid.
3. Shake the mixture at least once a day for the next two weeks.
4. After the two weeks, strain the mixture through a fine sieve or muslin cloth and store back in the jar.
5. Dosage: start with 1 tbsp per day and build up to a shot glass size once you are used to the taste! It is a very strong flavour and should not be watered down as the benefits will be effected.
I will let you know how I go once the two weeks are up and will post another blog with any changes I notice after taking it daily.
~ Jo Kate