It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school, the weather is changing, and cold and flu season is on it’s way. This year, I am going to be prepared. I’m not waiting for the first cold to strike. I’m headed to the kitchen right now to make up a batch of Fire Cider.
Fire Cider, also sometimes called Cyclone Cider, Plaque Tonic, or Master Tonic, is an antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal potion to ward off cold and flu. It boosts immune function, increases blood flow and oxygen delivery, breaks up mucous, and helps your body to remove wastes from tissues. It is taken at the first sign of feeling icky to stop colds and flu in their tracks. It can also be taken preventatively during the winter months to stay healthy. I also use it while traveling to ward off any foreign bugs that I may come in contact with.
This spicy, sweet, and vinegary concoction is nothing new. People have been brewing up this magical potion for centuries all over the world. I first came across the recipe from Rosemary Gladstar , herbal wise woman, several years ago. It is a winter staple in our house. I value natural remedies to treat myself and my family, and there is just something innately healing about making your own medicine yourself. The best part is that is is made from common ingredients that are easy to find. And like with anything else, quality matters. Be sure to use the highest quality, organic ingredients possible.
You will need a large mason jar like THIS to make this fire cider. I use a RAW, organic apple cider vinegar (like this) because it has a mother in it and has the most healing properties. You will notice that the directions say to add honey to taste. Make it how you like it. When I am not feeling well, something HOT, SPICY, and SWEET always makes me feel better.
How to Make Fire Cider
32 Ounces RAW apple cider vinegar (this is the brand I use)
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 heads garlic, peeled and chopped fine
1 and 1/2 cups grated horseradish
4 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
1-2 spicy chilis, sliced (any spicy chili will do OR you can add a titch of cayenne powder)
Honey (to taste)
- Place all ingredients into a large mason jar , pack down slightly, and pour apple cider vinegar on top. Give the jar a little shake to remove any air bubbles. Cover with tight-fitting lid.
- Place into a dark, cool place for at least 2 weeks, a month is better. Carefully strain out herbs, add honey to sweeten it slightly, and bottle your tonic. Discard the strained ingredients OR try adding them to a stir fry.
- Store in fridge. I have heard that this lasts anywhere from 1 year to indefinitely.
Be careful when handling these ingredients as they can be irritating to hands and eyes. Be sure that the ingredients are completely covered by the apple cider vinegar to avoid spoilage.
How to Take Your Fire Cider
As a daily tonic, sip a tablespoon or 2 a day to boost your immune system.
At the first sign of feeling sick, take 1-2 tablespoons several times a day until you are feeling better.
Be adventurous. Add fire cider to your salad dressing, soups, steamed veggies, etc. It’s super yummy!
NOTE: I find the easiest way to take this is to add it to a bit of water and drink it on up. I add A LOT of honey to my fire cider and it actually tastes really good! I recommend starting off slowly. Start with just a teaspoon at first. Let your body get used to this remedy. It is quite strong. And be sure to have a little something in your tummy when you take it.
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DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR NOR AM I TRYING TO GIVE YOU MEDICAL ADVICE. I AM JUST SHARING WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ON MY OWN ABOUT STAYING HEALTHY DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR HEATH REGIMEN. BE WELL!
Hope you have a cozy and healthy winter season!
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