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.

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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

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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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