Fermented Health Tonic

This fermented health tonic is a mild version of fire cider, perfect for kids and those with sensitive stomachs

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This tonic is a strong and flavourful ferment that is sure to fight off any cold or flu. It’s packed with citrus, ginger, turmeric, honey and probiotics. Unlike fire cider and other immune boosting ferments, this health tonic is gentle on a sensitive stomach, so it is perfect for children, or those with a stomach illness.


  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 organic lime
  • 3 inches of ginger
  • 3 inches of turmeric (or 2 tbsp ground turmeric)
  • 1/2 cup honey (raw, unpasturized)
  • 1/4 cup starter (optional, see notes)
  • 3 cups filtered water


  1. Wash and slice the lemon and lime into circles.
  2. Squeeze each of the circles into a 1 quart jar (see notes). Then add the whole circle of lemon and limes to the jar.
  3. Wash and finely dice the turmeric and ginger. You only need to peel if they aren’t organic. Add them to the jar.
  4. Add in the honey, starter culture and water. Leave 1″ of head room at the top of the jar.
  5. Cover and leave the jar somewhere warm to ferment for 3 to 5 days.
  6. The ferment will start out sparkling and will mellow over time.
  7. To serve, pour through a fine mesh sieve. If the flavour is too strong, then dilute with filtered water, as necessary.
  8. Store in the refrigerator and use within 1 month.


  • Unpasturized honey has a natural bacterial culture, which will kick start the ferment. However, if you can’t find raw honey, or want to use maple syrup instead, then add a culture to speed things along. Kombuchaginger bug or water kefir will all work for this ferment.
  • Use a fermenting container that can handle the carbonation. Use a fido jar, or a mason jar with an airlock or plastic lid (affiliate links.)

Keywords: immune boosting, healthy, probiotic, super food, gluten free, paleo, fall, winter