Flu-Shot Brew


    • 2 lemons, sliced in circles
    • 6 Echinacea tea bags
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2-inch piece of ginger, sliced thin
    • 1/4-1/2 cup of raw apple cider vinegar
    • 6 cups of water
    • Raw Honey
    • OPTIONAL: turmeric, star anise, garlic, cayenne.


    1. Pour water in a pot and bring to a boil.

    2. Turn the stove completely off then proceed to add ingredients.

    3. Add the lemons, ginger, tea bags, and cinnamon sticks. Cover and let steep for a few hours.

    4. Once your steeped brew is room temperature, pour the apple cider vinegar into a pitcher or a large half gallon mason jar.

    5. Transfer the tea into the mason jar. You can keep the lemons and ginger in the brew however you should remove the tea bags.

    Like fruits, vegetables are important for good health. Experts suggest 5-9 servings of fruits/vegetables a day, but unfortunately it may be difficult at times. However, when you can, include foods like kidney beans, black beans, asparagus, long beans, green beans, and carrots. Think about your favorite vegetables and how you can include more of them in your diet every day, and pick bright-colored foods. Fruits and vegetables with bright colors are good for health because they remove the things in our body that damage our cells. So, get your fill of fruits/vegetables of different colors: White (Bananas, Mushroom), Yellow (Pineapples, Mango), Orange (Orange, Papaya), Red (Apple, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon), Green (Guava, Avocados, Cucumber, Lettuce, Celery), Purple/Blue (Blackberries, Eggplant, Prunes).

    6. Store in the fridge.

    Your brew will get stronger the longer it sits as it is technically steeping more. When ready to drink, you can take it as a shot or warm up, and add in a teaspoon or two of raw honey to a cup of tea. This brew honestly is quite strong and does not taste the best, but the health benefits it contains are incredible! Taking just a shot of your freshly made "Flu-Shot Brew" once a day will keep your immune system up and help fight off the common cold in a holistic way! Taylor Goggin is tropical gardener in Florida who gained her skills in cooperative agriculture while work-trading with a World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program on the Hawaiian Islands. She now grows papaya, banana, avocado, fig, tomatoes, and medicinal herbs to make into inventive plant-based recipes. Connect with Taylor on Instagram, and read all of her MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here .

    Good night, sweetheart. Rest heals the body and has been shown to lessen the risk of heart trouble and psychological problems.