Living in the Midwest, means suffering with cold winters and too many germs! Someone in my family of 6 has been sick in our house since before Christmas. I’m always on the look out for natural, homeopathic ways of dealing with germs and sickness. A friend on Facebook shared of something she had made that she called “fire cider“. I had never heard of this so I immediately looked it up on Pinterest. I found so many different recipes but what I discovered about the benefits of this tonic had me wanting to make it NOW!! First off, it is made with apple cider vinegar and other natural, immune-boosting ingredients. It has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. You can drink it daily as an immune booster during the winter months as a preventative or at the onset of colds or the flu. You can warm it up, add it a Bloody Mary, use it in soups, add a bit to juice for the kiddos, as a marinade or salad dressing or add a bit of it to tea with honey. Now I’ve never tried this tonic before but I’m going to assume that it is nasty & very spicy!! So, in my opinion however you can choke it down is what you should do.
Most of the recipes I’ve found consist of these main ingredients:
Apple Cider Vinegar ~ Helps maintain proper pH levels
Honey ~ Contains powerful antioxidants with antiseptic and antibacterial properties
Horseradish Root ~ High in Vit C & has antimicrobial activities
Onion ~ Traditionally this has been a food remedy for cold, cough, bronchitis & influenza.
Ginger Root ~ Has the ability to warm the stomach to ease vomiting & nausea and fight off colds and coughs
Hot Peppers ~ Herbalists have traditionally used this to cure stomach aches, cramping, gas varicose veins, allergies, constipation & heart attacks
For my recipe, I didn’t measure exactly but followed the recipes I found on Pinterest and created my own version. I decided to make 3 jars and here is what I used per jar:
* 1/2 cup ginger root (scrub it clean)
* 1 head of garlic
* 2 – 3 T of fresh rosemary
* 2 – 3 T of fresh thyme
* 1 T parsley
* 1 Jalepeno pepper
* 1/4 of a large onion
* 3 orange slices
* 3 lemon slices
* 1 T peppercorns
Putting it all together…
• Grate the horse radish, garlic, and ginger
• Crush or chop the garlic cloves
• Slice the jalapenos in half
• Bruise or chop the fresh rosemary & thyme
• Throw everything into a pint size jar & top it off with raw apple cider vinegar. For my 3 jars, I used 2 jars.
• Keep the fire cider in a cool dark place where you won’t forget to shake it once a day
• Age for 4 – 6 weeks
• Strain and bottle. Add honey to sweeten to taste
I used organic ingredients in my fire cider & I would recommend you do the same if they are available.
My fire cider has at least 2 more weeks to brew but as soon as I can give this a taste test, I will be sure to share my thoughts with you. I’m a bit scared to taste it honestly! But if it will prevent sickness or help me kick it faster, then I’m drinking it…just a shot that its! 😉 If you have tried this yourself, I’d love to hear from you. Did you use different ingredients? What were your results using this? I’m super excited to give this a try!!
Have a happy clean Monday!