Although there were no smoothie machines in Colonial America, people back then still understood the power and importance of Vitamin C. Diseases like scurvy and influenza were a huge problem, so making sure people had enough Vitamin C, especially those who lived in northern climates was a big deal.

Sarah Munro, my heroine with a PhD in 17th and 18th century history who stars in One Dark Wish, book 2 in the Deadly Force Series, has collected a bunch of recipes that people used to eke out as much Vitamin C as they could from local sources. And making juices was one of the easiest way to process, store, and consume Vitamin C. Especially since they didn’t have refrigeration.

Now that we’re deep into winter, and we all need a Vitamin C kick, this juice is the perfect answer. While this recipe calls for a juicer, I have made it in a sturdy blender. But I will strain the blended juice on my own, just to get rid of some of the pithy remains. I take this as a preventative, at the first sign of a cold, and as well as when I’m sick. Although it’s great any time of year you can get fresh citrus fruit.

Sarah Munro’s Vitamin C Juice


  • 4 seedless oranges, rind removed
  • 1 lemon, rind removed
  • 2″ piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1″ knob of turmeric
  • 5 large carrots, washed & peeled
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored & quartered


Place all ingredients in a large juicer. When the juice is made, stir well and pour over ice. Makes 2 glasses.

If you use a blender, blend all the ingredients and then strain the juice over a large bowl or measuring cup. When you’ve strained out all the juice, stir it well and pour over ice. Makes 2 glasses.


I am not a medical professional and nothing written on this blog is medical advice. None of my statements have been evaluated by the FDA (I am legally required to give you this disclaimer).

It is important to do your due diligence before foraging, harvesting, and/or consuming any type of medicinal plant.

  • If you are taking any medications, talk to your doctor about any potential drug interactions.
  • If you are allergic to anything, make sure whatever you are foraging is not in the same family. Example: While dandelions are typically considered safe, those who are allergic to ragweed, latex, daisies, or any other plants in the same or similar families, may not be able to consume dandelion.

Always research potential side effectsdosage recommendations, and how to properly prepare and consume each medicinal plant.

Always make sure you are foraging what you believe to be. Fully prepare and study the anatomy before harvesting wild plants.

Always make sure your kitchen/work area is clean and that all materials are sterilized.

Do not forage plants from areas that have been sprayed within the past 2 years at the very least.

I am not legally or morally responsible for the health of any of my readers. Please do your own research!

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