Fire Cider…A Healthy, Homeopathic Tonic For Kicking & Preventing Colds & Flus

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.

My fire cider…looks kind of pretty.

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!

~ Michelle


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