Cold and Flu Brew/ Lena's Southland Fire Tonic

This is my all time favourite

It can also be called a fire tonic. Adjust it to your own taste and preferences

Get a nice large jar to put all your ingredients in. 

Feel free to use similar alternate options for the below list or omit anything you can't find or don't have access to. 

It is key to dice everything as small as possible to it has a large surface area to release its lovely therapeutic values into your cider vinegar. Invest in good quality cider vinegar for this recipe such as the organic Braggs ACV. 

Suggested Ingredients

  • Onion x1
  • Horseradish root 2/3 cm chunk
  • Ginger Root 3cm chunk
  • Garlic 1 x clove
  • Black Pepper 1tsp
  • Organic homegrown Chillis x1 
  • Thyme leaves 3 tsp approx
  • Horopito leaves x4
  • Cayenne pepper 1/2 to 1 tsp depending on the bravery of the drinkers


  1. Chop all the above up super fine
  2. Add everything to your jar
  3. fill your jar up with cider vinegar so everything is fully submerged
  4. Shake vigorously (you should break a sweat or you're not doing it right!)
  5. Leave to sit out of the sun. As it sits it gets more and more potent. It lasts indefinitely if you use a good clean jar. If I'm well behaved I'll try and leave it for at least a week before I start drinking it. 
  6. You can choose to strain off your chopped up veges and herbs after 1 month although you can leave them it. It looks pretty with them strained off and just a single dried pepper or sprig of rosemary on your bottle. 

To use it

However you prefer it. Lovely in cooking.

A nip in the morning to wake you up, get your circulatory system and digestive system woken up. 1-3tsp. 1/2 tsp for children over 5. It can also be used to make a lemon and honey hot drink just add to taste. 

Great for clearing sinus, as an immune boost daily and to stimulate your digestive system!