I recently heard about this amazing homeopathic pain-relieving remedy from a couple of friends. Both of these ladies have experienced positive results using this remedy. The recipe makes an anti-inflammatory pain-relieving remedy using golden raisins and gin. Gerri was diagnosed 60 years ago with arthritis. A few years following her diagnosis she learned of this remedy while listening to Wally Phillips on Chicago’s WGN Radio. She started using this remedy then and since that time she no longer takes any medication for the arthritis; she just takes her raisins. So, for about 55 years Gerri has experienced complete relief from arthritis pain. One month ago, Becky started using the gin-soaked raisin remedy. After 3 weeks, the debilitating pain in Becky’s fingers has gone away. In addition, one can find many references of users obtaining pain relief from gin-steeped raisins.
Due to a few health challenges, 15 years ago I began my journey into homeopathy. For you see, modern medicine left me no choice. Multiple doctors told me there were no treatments nor cures for my ailments (too complex to go into now; perhaps I will go into this encouraging story in a later post). Because of my experience as a physicist & engineer, I would not accept their defeatist conclusions. In short, over the years I found multiple homeopathic remedies for successfully & happily treating said conditions. Although homeopathy may not be a cure-all for every condition, I do believe in and pursue alternative medicines following extensive personal research & testing.
Simply stated, I am very interested in this anti-inflammatory remedy and have decided to personally test gin-steeped raisins. This article not only provides the recipe for making said raisins but it will also record the results of my own personal tests.
Chris Kilham, a professional medicine hunter & ethnobotanist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, attributes the recent popular reception of this remedy to the late radio celebrity Paul Harvey. The remedy involves soaking golden raisins in gin. Golden raisins are simply sultana grapes treated with sulfur dioxide (preserves their golden color). In the U.S. golden raisins are grown under the name Thompson seedless grapes. Sultana grapes possess high concentrations of catechins, potassium, resveratrol, & vitamin C. Catechins and resveratrol are antioxidants that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, the sulfur dioxide in the golden raisins also possesses anti-inflammatory qualities.
Gin is also a key component to this recipe. Gin is made from juniper berries. Remarkably, juniper berries are loaded with the following anti-inflammatory compounds: alpha-pinene, alpha-terpineol, beta-pinene, betulin, caryophyllene, catechin, delta-3-carene, epicatechin, limonene, menthol, & rutin.
So, in short, the golden raisins soaked in gin yield a super-concentrated combo of anti-inflammatory compounds. Let’s look at the recipe.
The Recipe Download the Recipe PDF
1 glass pie plate or glass canning jar. My friends have also used metal pie tins.
You will need the following ingredients to create the anti-inflammatory pain-relieving raisins:
- 1 box of golden raisins. If you are allergic to sulfur dioxide, use organic goldne raisins which do not contain sulfur dioxide,
- 1 bottle of gin (distilled specifically with juniper berries): For these tests, I used Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve Gin because it was on sale and the label indicated it was made from the finest juniper berries (sale price $10.40 for 750ml).
NOTE 1: The People’s Pharmacy states “Modern gin manufacturers, particularly the cheaper brands, don’t flavor with any actual natural flavorings at all. So someone who simply soaks their raisins in the cheapest grocery store brand of gin is going to be missing out on the whole point of soaking the raisins in something–the anti-inflammatory benefits of juniper berries.” The People’s Pharmacy states that Gordon’s London Dry Gin is a ‘bottom shelf’ gin containing juniper berries. Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin is another lower cost gin distilled with juniper berries.
NOTE 2: 4 days into soaking my first batch of raisins, I learned that Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve Gin is aged in oak barrels for 6 months. I do not know if the aging process decreases the concentration of anti-inflammatory compounds. I will have to keep this in mind as I observe the results in my initial consumption of the raisins.
NOTE 3: I visited the Whole Foods store here in Cincinnati since they are known for selling organic produce. I discovered that Whole Foods 365 Brand of Organic Thompson Raisins were not Golden Raisins. Whole Foods actually sells in bulk both Organic Thompson Raisins (dark brown in color) and Golden Raisins (made in Pakistan, gold in color). In addition, I found that Whole Foods also sells pre-packaged Organic Hunza Golden Raisins which are grown & sun-dried in the Hunza Valley of the Himalayan Mountains. I bought the Hunza Golden Raisins and am currently making a 2nd batch of gin-steeped raisins. At this point I question the accuracy of Chris Kilham’s comments regarding Organic Thompson Raisins. I CURRENTLY RECOMMEND USING ONLY GOLDEN RAISINS, EITHER THE SULFUR-DIOXIDE TREATED RAISINS OR THE ORGANIC RAISINS.
ADD THE GOLDEN RAISINS TO THE PIE PLATE
- Pour the golden raisins into the pie plate. Do not fill the plate completely with raisins because you want to make sure that they will be completely submerged in the gin. You will use approximately 8 oz. of golden raisins.
- Using a fork, level and lightly pack the raisins to ensure that they will all be covered by the gin.
ADD THE GIN
- Slowly pour the gin into the pie plate. Add the gin until it completely covers the golden raisins.
- As an added measure, loosely cover the pie plate with aluminum foil to prevent contamination of the mixture. Tent the foil so that it does not touch the mixture, with the foil approximately 1-2 inches above the container. DO NOT SEAL THE PLATE OFF BECAUSE YOU WANT THE ALCOHOL TO EVAPORATE.
NOTE 4: Instead of foil, one can cover the glass pie plate with a vented cheap metal pie tin (just poke some holes into the metal tin)
STEEP THE RAISINS
- Allow the raisins to steep/soak for 7 days in the gin at room temperature. Over this time the raisins will slowly absorb the gin. In addition, some alcohol will evaporate over this time.
- Check the mixture each day. If more than ¼ of the gin has evaporated by Day 2 or Day 3, pour more gin into the pie plate until the raisins are completely covered. All total, you will use approximately 500-600 ml of gin over the 7 day period.
- One sign that the raisins are ready for use is that you can no longer taste the gin when sampling the raisins. Only a small amount of liquid will remain in the bottom of the pie plate (a layer approximately 1/16” or less in thickness).
STORE THE GIN-STEEPED RAISINS
- Place the gin-steeped raisins in either a glass canning jar or a sealed plastic container.
- Place the container in the refrigerator to ensure long term preservation.
- Swallow 9-10 raisins daily with water, just as you would swallow a pill. I recommend taking them at breakfast or lunch.
- Maintain this regimen for 3 weeks. Pending pain relief, continue usage.
NOTE 5: The miniscule amount of gin absorbed into 10 raisins will not likely intoxicate you. In addition, most of the alcohol has evaporated over the 7 days of steeping. For more information on this subject, including our scientific experimentation using a police-grade blood alcohol breathalyzer, please visit our post Will Gin-Steeped Raisins Increase Your Blood Alcohol Level? Our experimentation has shown that the gin-steeped raisins will not raise your blood alcohol level when they are manufactured and consumed per our prescribed procedures.
Author’s Test Results
Regarding a control reference and my history prior to this test, I have been living with moderate pain for the last 14 years. Now, I am not an invalid, not even remotely close. I live life like everyone else. The pain is mainly an irritating annoyance. Concerning Pain Level prior to this test, I had been experiencing on average a Pain Level of 3 to 4 with a rare maximum of 5. I am allergic to all NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Although I can use Extended Release Arthritis Tylenol, I choose to only use this pain reliever on rare high pain days. I refuse to use steroid-based drugs. When needed, I have used natural ointments such as BioFreeze, MaxFreeze, & Arnicare since 2003. These ointments contain the organic pain relievers Arnica Montana, ILEX Paraguariensis, or both. However, I have found they reduce the pain down to a 1 with the pain relief only lasting 4-6 hours. I would apply one of them only once in the morning. For the last 5 years, I have been using Arnicare when needed. And now you know why I am so interested in gin-steeped raisins. If they do not work, no worries. Yet if they do work, I will have found a great homeopathic remedy. Better still, I will have documented the results and provided the information to the world via the internet.
The below table denote’s the author’s personal Gin-Steeped Raisins consumption complete test results & observations up through Sunday, November 12, 2017. As a result of my experimentation, I have concluded that consumption of gin-steeped raisins do in fact relieve my inflammatory-based pain. I am very impressed with the results and will continue to consume them daily. I highly recommend GSRs to anyone who suffers from inflammation-induced pain. A 3-4 week test trial will only cost you a few dollars and some time. The potential benefits outweigh these costs.
The Pain Level Scale is a 1 to 10 number scale with the #1 indicating a very slight pain level and the #10 indicating the highest pain level. The #0 denotes no pain.
The Arthritis Index Forecast is determined by a useful computer provided by the Arthritis Foundation and AccuWeather.com. This Arthritis Pain Forecaster uses a proprietary algorithm developed by the meteorologists at AccuWeather.com. All you need to do is enter your Zip Code and the computer will predict joint pain level based on your local weather. The scale consists of the following levels: Low, Moderate, High, Very High, & Extreme.
- Chris Kilham, Gin-Soaked Raisins May Alleviate Pain (FOX NEWS HEALTH: April 11, 2011)
- Terry Graedon, Which Gin for Gin-Soaked Raisins? (The People’s Pharmacy: April 1, 2013)
This remedy is only for adults. Please consult a physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep gin-steeped raisins out of reach of children.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This remedy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.