Resources and Encouragement to help you Prepare

2014-05-08 09.17.43The other day an upper respiratory infection ‘yuck’ hit me like a ton of bricks.  Out of the blue with no warning I had the first full blown sickness I’d had in years.

The symptoms all pointed to an actual infection:

  • Fever
  • Body Aches
  • ‘Color’ from my lungs or nose (sorry about that picture)
  • Cough
  • Loss of voice (not fun for a radio host)
  • Exhaustion
  • Headache
  • General Whimpiness


And I’m not one to go to a doctor at the drop of a hat, nor am I a fan of big pharmaceutical antibiotics.  I started the aroma therapy, the sage tea and essential oil foot rubs and began to feel at least some relief but not actually ‘better’ fast enough.  Enter my friend Herbalist Terry Coffee of Hill Billy Ann’s.He had read my request for prayer and messaged me a list of items to gather and mix for my speedy recovery.

Admittedly, I had almost all of the items handy and often used them in other concoctions but together? Uhm no Terry, Are you trying to kill me?  He assured me he wasn’t so I began the mad scientist mixology immediately with what I had on hand.  See pictured below:2014-05-08 09.07.38Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Grated Horseradish
  • 2 Tablespoons of Grated Ginger Root
  • 1/4 of an Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (peeled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Cyanne Pepper
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of Honey
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon


Toss all this loveliness into the blender and blend for at least 2 minutes on high.

Strain through a metal or coffee filter to remove pulp.Store in a TIGHTLY sealed jar in the fridge.

You’re going to use this until it’s gone.

Take 2 TBS 4-6 times a day2014-05-08 18.48.58

Now I will tell you that within just 2 doses of this stuff my chest congestion loosened and fever broke.  And that it’s some hot, stinky mess…I didn’t even have the jalapeno and habenero peppers Terry told me to put in (that was all I lacked and thankfully so).  But you know what…it’s all natural and it works so I’m a happy camper.  Even if it is labeled: “Knock My Sick Socks Off – Stinky Elixir” (well, yes I mis-spelled elixir on the label – but hey I was sick) ->

I’ll take the bad breath (who am I kidding, you don’t have good breath when you’re sick anyways) and the kick it gives each time I take it to know the infection was knocked out of my system almost completely within 2 full days! All this with items that God created naturally.
Thanks to my friend, Herbalist Terry Coffee for your payers and foundational ‘prescription’!

If you’re reading this blog and give it a go when you’re sick – I’d love to hear how it works for you!

Best Blessings!



11 Responses to Natural Remedy for Upper Respiratory Infection

  1. Glad you are feeling better and yes you can kick and infection faster than big pharma any day using what GOD has given man ! Now just think how fast you would have kicked it with using peppers ? The peppers will draw the blood to the area where it needs to be and with the blood come the immune system and I believe and exchange is made there with the immune system. The natural anti-biotic`s gets into the blood stream to help/strengthen and also they both stay in the area to kill the infection. There are a lot going on in the body when illness is present and we need to work with the body and not control it as done with modern medicine and Hey it is a lot cheaper at that !
    Thank you Miss Donna and I am glad I could help..

    • Hi,
      I’m suffering right now with what I though we’re allergies, but has some how turned into a respiratory infection because I am spitting up stuff. I’d like to try Terry’s original recipe with the peppers but the amounts were never mentioned, only the ones Donna had on hand. Any chance I can get the original concoction amounts to try?
      Thanks so much!

  2. Could not take this! It burned my insides like heartburn. I took 2 doses and haven’t felt much relief. I also cannot abide the smell coming from my body. The raw onion and garlic are turning my mouth into something I don’t recognize. I wish I could take this, but I feel the stuff in my gut for hours after a shot, compounding my misery. I am going to try something without the spice and raw stinks.

    This seems like a great idea, just not for the faint of insides…

    • Hi Nancy!
      Oh my I am so sorry… true…it is some seriously tough stuff!
      I always took it with food to avoid the inflamed gut feeling. Perhaps cutting each of the spiciest stuff in half amounts (thus lowering the impact but also – increasing the potential to actually USE it).

      I’d love to hear what you came up with (and how you’re feeling!)

  3. Dear Terry and Donna, thank goodness this tastes like a good stirfry! i have been very unwell with a chest infection and am grateful for your alternative recipe…wish me good health…here goes!

  4. Hello.
    I tried this out all I can say is wow. Felt like lava in my stomach. I had to substitute cyanne pepper with a jalapeno and results were probably the same just green in color. I just took the second dose and hoping for the same outcome. Only downside to it is I felt like regurgitating but it didn’t happen… so wish me luck.

    Will keep you informed. P.s. I guesstimated on the amount.. your opinion will be appreciated. Thanks

    • Well? How are you feeling?
      I can’t take jalapenos… they make me sick as it is so I can only guess your gut felt pretty yucky. But the point is to knock out the head & chest crud. How did it do? 🙂

  5. Hi Donna and Terry!

    Just reading all of this today.. im gonna give it a try…. wish me blessings and I’ll let you guys know how it goes. Im not necessarily “sick” per’se. . But ive been spitting out mucus every morning for a long while now. (Ex-smoker of 20yrs quit 3yrs, 4mos ago) it was getting a lot better until oneday i just started producing this mucas every morning almost just as if i were still smoking. (Sorry everyone I know this is gross). I also read up on the Master Tonic which has some of the same ingredients but you store it in a cool dry place for 2 weeks then strain it and take it. Either one is fine.

  6. This remedy reminds me of my Daddy’s ‘pepper tea’ cure. It was hot and terrible but it sure cured the congestion. He mixed honey and fresh lemon juice with ground black pepper, cinnamon and ginger, then filled the cup with HOT water. To this he added a dash of what else coming from KY but that famous whiskey. I got this twice a day until the lungs were clear which took about 2 days. I’m sure if he had not been gone to work during the day I would have gotten a noon dose too. I had to drink the entire cup and it had enough honey in it to be sweet but it was nasty stuff and cured me every time.

  7. I have tried this multiple times & it works great every time. My husband will recover in 3 days. This elixir is awesome!

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