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How to Boost Your Immunity – Part 3 – Including Beef Tonics

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In today’s vodcast, I’m continuing my series on how to boost your immunity to prevent illness. In Part 3 of my three-part series, I focus on the types of tonics we may want to take in the event we become sick. The tonics we select, including beef tonics, may help shorten the duration of our illness and help us recover quicker.

These conversational vodcasts are available to the Kitchen Pioneers who have joined my YouTube membership community—The Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy.

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A Word of Caution about Home Remedies

Approach all home remedies with knowledge and caution. Many home remedies and healing tonics include herbs, and many herbs have potent medicinal properties and have been used as medicine for centuries.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication (over the counter or prescription), having allergies, or thinking of using medicinal herbs or home remedies with children, make sure you first talk to your doctor, pediatrician, or other health care professional. You want to ensure that the home remedies you plan to use will not adversely affect you or your children. I can’t stress this enough! Herbs are medicine. Never be casual or negligent in their use.

Ok, let’s start talking about using home remedies and healing tonics to boost immunity.

The Healing Power of Beef Tonics

Have you ever heard of beef extract? Or how about beef tea? If not, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, today’s modern world has almost completely forgotten about these healing beef tonics.

But if you are sick and have very little appetite, a beef extract might be what our grandmothers would have given us. This simple-to-prepare tonic involves slightly cooking an inexpensive piece of beef and then squeezing out the juice (the blood) from the meat in what was known to our ancestors as a beef press.

This beef extract would then be given to the patient in a small amount. The intent was to increase the production of gastric juices that would encourage the patient to eat. The hope was that by eating, the patient could build up their strength and begin their healing journey.

Beef Tea as an Alternative to Beef Extract

Don’t worry if beef extract seems like a bit too much for your patient to handle. You can turn it into a beef tea through the following steps:

  1. Take a bit of the beef extract.
  2. Mix it with hot water.
  3. Serve it to the patient as a tea.

This mild and comforting beverage helps hydrate those feeling ill and lacking appetite. A similar effect to beef extract, beef tea also encourages the production of gastric juices to help increase the patient’s appetite.

Learn More about Healing Tonics

If you find the topic of beef tonics, such as beef extract and beef tea, fascinating, be sure to watch today’s member video. You’ll learn about a whole host of healing tonics to help you and your family fight off illness and hopefully recover quickly from common maladies.

For a collection of helpful books to assist you in discovering and making healing tonics, be sure to check out:

Fanny Farmer Books

If you are fond of perusing used bookstores, especially those that carry antique or vintage books, keep your eyes open for Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent, which includes a description of beef tonics. (You can also download a free electronic version of the book.) This book was published in 1904 and written by Fannie Farmer.

If Fannie Farmer sounds familiar to you, she also wrote the more well-known Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Her Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent book is priceless when it comes to advice to feeding the sick. Often the old ways are the best ways!

Other Kitchen Academy Videos in This Series

If you’ve missed out on any of our previous Kitchen Academy videos – specifically Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, you can catch up with the following videos. I have lots of great information to share to fend off common illnesses that we tend to become susceptible to during the coming cold months.

Stock Your Pantry with Home Remedies

If you have been motivated by this series, I hope you will start to stock your pantry with some of your own homemade remedies. Be sure to watch the videos below, where I share how to make some of the most common yet most helpful of these healing tonics.

If you are new to making home remedies, including tonics, this easy cold and flu preparation is for you! It contains four simple ingredients you whirl up in a blender and then refrigerate.

You can take this remedy by the spoonful when a cold or flu hits or turn it into a tea for something a bit milder. Either way, you will find it comforting when you are under the weather.

Master Herbal Recipes

Watch my Master Herbal Series to learn about standard formulas to help you create the particular home remedy you need using the appropriate herbs and other healing agents for your particular situation.

Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy

My comprehensive vodcasts are exclusively available to members of the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy, who we call Kitchen Pioneers. You can learn more about my optional YouTube membership community, including members-only videos and exclusive perks.

If you like learning about traditional foods and healing, such as using beef tonics, please consider joining my Kitchen Academy.

This membership community is optional. I’m still publishing my weekly detailed instructional cooking videos on my public YouTube channel that you can watch for free. (Thanks so much for being a Sweet Friend and subscriber!)

More Kitchen Pioneer Videos

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Catch up on some of the videos in our membership community that you may not have seen:

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