Fire Cider is an old herbal folk remedy. The pungent, hot, sour and sweet properties of this herbal tonic is sure to kick out a cold. But Fire Cider is not only used to for cold and flu season. Fire Cider is a great immune enhancing formula that can be taken daily as part of your daily regimen. It can promote circulation and also aid in digestion. Sip it straight, add it to other beverages or even add to create a craft cocktail. You can even cook with it.
I love Fire Cider because it is simple to make, and uses ingredients that you may already have in your house or garden. There are hundreds of variations out there, and there really is no right or wrong. Here is my recipe: (This is a recipe that you should try to use all organic ingredients)
1/2 Cup grated organic ginger root
1/2 cup grated organic horseradish root
1/2 cup dice organic turmeric root
10 cloves organic garlic, crushed or chopped
1/4 tsp. cayenne powder
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
I medium organic onion chopped
Sprig of fresh rosemary plus 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
2 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped
1 orange, halved and sliced
1 lemon, halved and sliced
Zest of one lemon
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
1/4 raw local honey, or to taste
Raw organic unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.
Prepare all your ingredients and place them in a quart or 1.5 quart size jar. Fill with Apple Cider Vinegar. If using a mason jar, place a piece of wax paper between the jar and the lid to prevent the vinegar from corroding the metal lid. Place in a cool dark area (cabinet) for 4 weeks and shake daily. After weeks, strain ingredients through a cheesecloth into a clean jar, squeezing every last drop out. Add more honey if desired.
You will want to immediately start your next batch, as you will see, this won't last very long!
Cheers to making food into medicine and staying healthy during cold and flu season!