I first made Witches Brew during my Herbal Medicine Module in Midwifery school, and I find her to be like Elderberry Syrup's spicy step-sister!
If you've never made this spicy concoction, you'll soon understand the name! Filled with immune supporting herbs & tonics, Witches Brew is definitely something you should have in your "Wellness Cabinet".
You'll want to gather organic ingredients for your Witches Brew, and 1 qt Glass Jar with a plastic lid if possible. Ball jars normally come with metal lids, but we don't want the vinegar in the concoction to touch the lid, so you'll want to put a piece of parchment or wax paper on the jar before screwing the lid on. It's also pretty easy to find plastic lids in the canning aisle at your store.
16 oz Apple Cider Vinegar
1 large Lemon, juiced
1/2 cup Horseradish Root, grated
1 medium Onion, chopped
10 cloves Garlic, minced
1/4 cup Ginger, grated
1 tablespoon Turmeric Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Powder
1/4 c Honey (to be used later)
*You can also add things like cinnamon sticks, star anise, jalapeno, cayenne peppers, rosemary, peppercorns, echinacea, etc. - its totally up to you!
1. Gather all your herbs, roots, and fruits and put into your glass jar. I normally chop my
horseradish root but I grated it this time and whoa, it stings the nostrils haha
2. It doesn't really matter what order you put things in, but I started with the garlic, roots,
lemon juice, powders, onion & then topped with Apple Cider Vinegar.
3. Place a piece of parchment/wax paper on top of the jar, or grab your plastic lid, and
4. Store in a cool dark place for few weeks, remembering to shake it daily, and swapping
out the paper if needed.
5. Using a flour sack or cheesecloth, strain the pulp and return the liquid to a clean jar.
6. Add in your 1/4 cup of honey, or more to taste. It should still be "hot", just enough honey
for it to go down easier!
You can store this in a cool, dark, cabinet, where it will keep for several months, or in the fridge for a longer shelf-life.
A shot a day during cold season is a helpful boost to your immune system & fights off inflammation. You can increase to a few-several teaspoons a day when sick.