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Rosemary Gladstar

A very effective remedy for the cold season. Make a batch to have on hand before a cold sets in. This recipe is very tasty, yet “not for the weak of heart”. From Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest (Contributed by Donna Warren).


  • 1 quart vinegar
  • ¼ cup grated horseradish
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons powdered turmeric
  • Cayenne
  • 1 cup honey (more or less to taste)


  1. Combine the vinegar, horseradish, onion, garlic, turmeric, and a pinch or two of cayenne. Cover and let sit in a warm place for 3-4 weeks.

  2. Strain the mixture, add the honey and rebottle. Refrigerate.

Take 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold and continue throughout the day (approximately every 2 to 3 hours) until the symptoms subside.

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Many Hands Organic Farm has been in existence since 1982 and has been selling to the public since 1985. We were first certified organic by the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1987.

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