Pepperup Potion

This broth is perfect for anyone who is feeling under the weather -- whether from a cold, the flu, or even an upset stomach. // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

I’m not a Witch.

Well… okay, I am. But not the Hogwarsts graduate, flying on a broomstick sort of Witch. I’m more of a walking in the woods, hugging trees, natural healing sort of Witch.

Which is fine, because you don’t need to have spent hours in a dungeon with Professor Snape in order to be able to brew up a good Pepperup Potion.

Anyone can do it.

You don’t even have to be a Witch.

For the past week or so our household has been plagued by this sort of stuffy nose, sinus headache, virus thingy that has been making everyone miserable.

pepperup ingredientsEnter Pepperup Potion… which was a nice, warming drink designed to make everyone feel better. It’s not a magic cure, I’m afraid, and it won’t make steam come out of your ears.

But it will help.

Take a nice, pastured chicken and stick it in a pot of water. If desired, add a bit of salt –I like this kind *affiliate link.

Add about three heads of garlic, peeled. (Yes, I really did say heads of garlic.) Garlic has powerful antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antiviral properties. It is also something of a decongestant.

And a large handful of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks. Ginger is helpful for muscle aches and joint pain… which often accompany a cold or flu. It also settles the stomach, which was especially helpful for us because this particular virus brought with it a certain amount of nausea.

I think for a whole day I ate nothing but water, a little tea, and this potion.

Add a heaping teaspoon of chipotle pepper. Chipotle pepper is made from fully mature jalapeno peppers roasted for a smokey flavor. People normally choose cayenne for its ability to break up mucus, but I have found that chipotle works just as well. Besides, I think a heaping teaspoon of cayenne might actually make steam come out of your ears! (But then, I’m a hot-stuff wimp.)

Simmer for a hour or two. (Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is at least 165 degrees.)

Remove the chicken and save it for another dish. Also save the chicken carcass–there is probably a batch of bone broth still in it.

Scoop out some of the broth, salt to taste, and sip slowly. It is hot and spicy and it should make your nose run in no time!

pepperup collage

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This broth is perfect for anyone who is feeling under the weather -- whether from a cold, the flu, or even an upset stomach. // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers We only ever promote products and businesses that we believe will be helpful to our readers.Please Note: Some of the links found at Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers are affiliate links. I often include these links to illustrate exactly what product I am talking about. You may be able to find the product cheaper somewhere else, including your own grocery store! However,  if you use an affiliate link to enter a shopping site (such as, and do decide to make a purchase, we may receive a small commission. There is no additional cost to you, however these commissions help us to support this blog, and sometimes to buy dog food! We are very grateful for your support!
**Also Note: The world of Harry Potter belongs to JK Rowling. This Pepperup Potion is of my own creation and, to the best of my knowledge, bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Pepperup Potion mentioned in the Books.**
*** Finally Note: The cup was a thank you present to my husband from Forks Road Pottery (not an affiliate link.) Please check them out; they do amazing work!***


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21 Responses to Pepperup Potion

  1. Nicky says:

    This is such a great recipe. I will definitely be making this the next time I’m struck down. Have you ever tried freezing the leftovers?

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      I haven’t tried freezing this recipe, specifically, but I freeze bone broth all the time and it works just fine! 🙂

  2. I never imaged pepperup potion would be so tasty! Not even Snape could have brewed up a better recipe.
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday.

  3. Kathi says:

    Ugh, I am coming down with that sinus, headache, virus-y thing myself, so I’ll have to make a pot of this tomorrow. Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  4. April Harris says:

    What a lovely wholesome and warming drink – perfect to ward off colds and chills! Thank you for sharing your Pepperup Potion with us at the Hearth and Soul hop 🙂

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  6. This is so perfect for this time of year. I’m going to have to make this for my little guy. He’s been stuffy for days! Thanks for linking up at Nomday Monday!

  7. Wow, I don’t know that I can handle that, but hey if it works. Thanks for sharing again on Real Food Fridays, hey we’re having a giveaway this week.

  8. Sherry says:

    I think my husband would like this! And he’s always teasing me about witches brew anyway, with all of my holistic remedies…Haha!

    Thanks for linking up with Healing With Food Friday!!

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  11. Anjanette says:

    Ya know, with a little cocoa powder, this would just about qualify as mole! Sounds yummy!! Thanks for linking up to Wellness Wednesday.

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