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Homemade “Flu Shot”

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Several years ago, we were all really sick. Illness after illness was caught by our family,  and by the time it went round~robin two or three times, someone would catch something else, and we would start the whole process again.  After being “out~of~the~loop” for what seemed like several months, a friend shared with us this amazing recipe. Enter: The Flu Shot. It is a natural, way to get rid of sickness, and to heal your body –and it works very quickly. And it has added health benefits besides just getting rid of your symptoms: everything in the juice works together to heal your body, and to improve your immune system. It kills the bad bacteria and strengthens the good. I like to say that it burns and scares everything out of you that isn’t supposed to be there….because it is S.P.I.C.Y…..especially if you have a sensitive mouth like I happen to be blessed with :-b

Now, without further ado, here is how you make this amazing stuff. You will need a juicer or a high speed blender, that will get all the chunks out of the juice (unless you happen to like chewing your juice…..because it will have chunks of things floating in it…..) You will need one entire bulb of garlic, peeled, 4 lemons, a pineapple, a 2″ piece of fresh ginger root, 2 tsp. cayenne pepper, and 2 TBS. of honey. If you are using a blender, just throw everything in, turn it on, and watch it work. If you have a juicer, you will need to toss the garlic in first, then the ginger, then the lemons, then the pineapple. Finish by stirring in the honey and cayenne pepper.

This juice works wonderfully well for head colds, sinus ailments, bronchitis, pneumonia…basically anything that causes you to cough, blow your nose, makes your chest tight, ect. We try to drink 4 oz. every hour. If you find that this is too spicy for your mouth, more honey can be added, and our family has also added freshly squeezed orange juiced, or fresh apple juice.

The garlic is an anti~inflammatory, and natural antibiotic. It also helps to support a healthy immune system and to rid  your body of toxins. I have actually gotten rid of colds by crushing a clove of garlic on my back teeth and swallowing it, a clove of garlic every hour or so until I feel better.

The lemons are anti~bacterial and  help to detox your body.

The pineapple contains bromelain, a natural anti~histamine. Your body produces histamine, a “chemical” caused by a build up of toxins, when something is introduced into your body that isn’t supposed to be there. Think of germs, bacteria, and allergens like dust, pollen, grass…… It also produces anti~histamine, to counteract the histamine that it is producing. But when you are sick, the ability to produce the anti~histamine is lowered, leaving you with a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, a sore throat, and a stuffy feeling of “I’m-not-so-sure-what-I-am-doing” in your head. Anti~histamine is also produced by activity, such as a brisk walk out in the sunshine.

The ginger and cayenne pepper will both clear your head and your sinuses, as well as fend off any bacteria or germs that try to enter your body. The ginger will help with any nausea you may experience from sinus drainage, and the cayenne helps to circulate your blood, clearing the mucus from your body faster.

The honey is anti~inflammatory, anti~bacterial, and a natural antibiotic. It soothes a sore throat, clears sinuses, and helps with that stuffy feeling in your head. It promotes immune health, helps to ward off bacteria and germs, and powerfully fights off that illness you are trying to beat.

Isn’t it amazing that God has given us so many natural foods to use to help with sicknesses?


DISCLAIMER ~ Nothing in this post is intended to treat or diagnose illnesses…..please use your common sense :-)

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  • Stephanie

    My dear friend, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and helpful post with Roses of Inspiration. This winter was rough on my family especially my son with the flu and cold going around. I will have to remember this for next time :)

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  • Ashley

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I showed it to my mother and she made it because she felt like she was getting sick. It’s helped her so far.

    • The Modest Maiden

      Hello! When using the juicer, I use the whole lemons, and when I am using a blender, I peel them first…I, too, have a VERY sensitive mouth to hot things, and it is VERY spicy. I would use a lot more honey, or apple juice, orange juice, or more pineapple juice to make it bearable. Or I would use both the honey and the juice :-) I hope this helps and that you find a use for the recipe!

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