Have you heard of fire cider? This historic, healthy drink has been shared by herbalists for generations and is said to help cure colds, flus, digestive issues, sinus infections, chronic nausea and more.
Made of healing ingredients like apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, cayenne and raw honey, Herbal Roots Zine calls fire cider “the number one herbal remedy that was sitting on our grandmothers’ kitchen shelves all around the world.”
Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar first coined the name fire cider in the 1970’s and she has been teaching people how to make fire cider in books, videos and lectures ever since. Many other herbalists have come up with their own variations over the years, and it’s easy to find all sorts of recipes online.
Ms. Gladstar says:
Fire Cider should taste hot, spicy and sweet. Great as a winter time tonic and/or as a remedy for colds and coughs. I loved to take little shot glasses as a tonic and often people use it as salad dressing and/or on rice or steamed vegetables. It’s quite tasty!
The basic instructions for making fire cider are to grate and chop all sorts of healthy roots, herbs and vegetables such as onion, horseradish, ginger and garlic, along with a pinch of cayenne and any other herbs and spices desired. Then it’s all covered in apple cider vinegar and left to steep for at least two weeks (shaking daily). After the time is up, the solids are strained out (they can be added to stir fries and other dishes) and raw honey is added to taste.
Once your fire cider is make up, you can take a tablespoon or a shot each morning to keep your immune system strong, keep illnesses at bay and warm you up inside. If you feel a cold or flu coming on, you can increase the dose a bit. You can also use your fire cider on salads and in other dishes.
Why does it work so well? The ingredients are all powerhouses at fighting illnesses. Their benefits include:
- Raw honey is antibacterial and full of healing properties. It soothes sore throats and stomachs, and local honey can help provide relief from seasonal allergies.
- Apple cider vinegar is packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s been used for centuries to boost the immune system, help digest food, treat seasonal allergies and lower cholesterol, just to name a few of its healing abilities.
- Onion contains many vitamins and minerals. It also boasts an incredible list of healing benefits. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antispasmodic, along with serving as an expectorant, stimulant and more.
- Garlic is a potent antibiotic that also boosts the immune system and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s especially effective at fighting colds, sore throats, fevers and candida.
- Ginger soothes the stomach and treats sore throats and coughs, along with a number of other ways it helps keep you healthy.
- Horseradish clears the sinuses better than just about anything, but it is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing in many other ways.
- Cayenne helps fight colds, flus, coughs, viruses and sore throats. It is another ingredient that naturally lowers cholesterol, plus serves many other purposes to improve health.
Additional herbs and ingredients can be added to further increase the power of your fire cider and to personalize it to your tastes and what you have on hand.
Here is a great assortment of fire cider recipes to get you started on your fire cider adventures:
- Herbal Roots Zine offers complete instructions on how to make fire cider with kids with an informative free printable label and card and why it’s so healthy, along with a free 14-page fire cider e-book.
- You can find Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe on page 74 of her book, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs. She also shares it freely on you-tube.
- Rosemary’s company, Sage Mountain Herbs, offers her fire cider recipe and other healing recipes here.
- Mountain Rose Herbs offers their fire cider recipe here.
- The Dabblist shares a smaller scale, easy recipe here.
- Castanea has a Hibiscus Pomegranate Cheater Fire Cider that is ready right away and sounds decadent and delicious.
- Kiva Rose developed a variation for sensitive stomachs without cayenne peppers and with additions of herbs like hawthorn and basil.
- Urban Herbalist has a very simple, basic recipe that even uses a blender to save chopping time.
There are many other recipes online and in books and communities. Feel free to share your favorite version in the comments.
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