The Kitchen Alchemist

Ahhh you know we love to inspire the witch or wizard in us all with a few blending ideas, and winter is a time when you can do a special “ta-da” moment and produce for family and friends a tonic for their ails. This natural antibiotic can help infections and has been known to kill parasites. Naturally we would advise that you attend your local GP & follow their recommendations, however, we find this Winter tonic a great help to fend off the early stages of colds and flus.

Using what you can forage from your own humble kitchen larder to concoct family tonics of liquid gold.

The mixture (which is not to everyone’s taste I hasten to add) is a potent antiviral and antifungal, boosting circulation and lymph flow. It has multiple health benefits including fighting off candida and can also boost the metabolic rate.

Caution: as you will be using peppers it is advisable to wear gloves and avoid contact with eyes and sinuses.


¼ Cup of chopped garlic

¼ Cup of graded ginger

¼ Cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons of horseradish

700ml of apple cider vinegar (we like ****)

2 tablespoons of Turmeric powder

2 finely chopped cayenne peppers or 1 teaspoon of cayenne powder

Mix all together except for the cider vinegar and place all in a sealable glass jar.

Add cider vinegar to the jar, seal, and shake well.

Keep jar in cool dry press for two weeks so all ingredients can infuse.

Shake the jar once or twice a day

After two weeks strain your tonic into a dark bottle and label and keep in the fridge.

*tip: use the strained leftovers in a spicy curry or stir-fry.


We recommend a tablespoon per day and as this can be quite a hot and spicy tonic it should be added to a glass with a teaspoon of honey (if not treating candida) and a little warm water. In cases where you have an active cold, we advise this administration can be upped to 4 x per day.

Alternatively, the tonic can be added according to taste to stews, soups and curries.