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Fire Cider Benefits and Recipes

A Shot a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Well… maybe. It sounds good and we’re all familiar with the old axiom of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We all also understand that while it’s not literal, there is wisdom there, because apples are a delightful nutritious food that’s readily available. Expanding on the apple theme, there’s a powerful natural immune booster you can make at home: fire cider!

Use Fire Cider as needed for colds and flu, or daily to reinforce your health and immunity.

Fire cider is made with an apple derivative of reported medicinal benefit: apple cider vinegar. We’re not taking it daily, preferring to eat nutrient rich foods daily while saving things like fire cider and immunity teas it for when our body needs a real immunity boosting kick in the pants, but some folks do take daily doses.

Immune Supplements You Can Make at Home

It’s empowering to discover that we can make something for less time and a lot less money than a trip to the pharmacy. Why spend money on expensive immunity boosting supplements when you can turn to your own pantry and kitchen cabinets.

Health and healing is everywhere in nature. Now more than ever people are returning to homegrown and homemade health as the knowledge of traditional natural remedies in nature and foods becomes common knowledge… as it once was before the convenience of modern medicine.

We know from the “fast food epidemic” that convenience isn’t always best.

However, the good news is that with a little knowledge and practice, we can all become familiar with how easy it is to turn to the convenience of healing from foods and ingredients most of us have on hand. Holistic health doesn’t have to be mysterious or expensive, especially when you’re growing your own food.

You may also benefit from this article on best herbs for colds and flu.1)

Fire Cider Benefits

Before pills for ills, there were roots, herbs and fermented foods. Fire cider benefits, based on the beneficial ingredients in fire cider, indicate that fire cider is beneficial for:

  • Immune boosting
  • Antioxidant
  • Digestive health
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Decongestant
  • Circulation boosting
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Remove plaques from arteries
  • Raise HDL cholesterol
  • Lowers blood cholesterol
  • Prevent atherosclerosis
  • Prevents LDL oxidation (low-density cholesterol)
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Energizes the body
  • Autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Fighting cancer*

*Fire cider contains 10 antioxidant compounds known to help fight cancer:
allyl cysteine, alliin, alicin, allyl disulfide, glucosinolate, polyphenols, vitamin C, flavonoids, tannins and curcumin.1)https://stayfitandyung.com/2016/04/health-benefits-of-fire-cider/

The time to make it is now… before you need it.

More than a natural cold and flu, fire cider is thought to be an excellent daily tonic for boosting your immune system. And certainly it contains some of the top ingredients for that.

IF you let time slip away and don’t have fire cider on hand when you need it, this article has a potent decongestant recipe you can make and consume in just a few minutes. Then when you’re feeling better, make some fire cider.

An excellent daily tonic, make fire cider a staple in your home.

When we researched fire cider, we discovered this tonic has incredible health benefits beyond just keeping the flu at bay. If your immune or digestive systems are not functioning like they should… A regular dose of fire cider might just do the trick.

image: Fresh Thymes Eatery
image: Fresh Thymes Eatery

You can buy Fire Cider on Amazon for backup, but it’s easy and inexpensive to make. It just has to steep for a month before being ready to use. If you’d like to make it yourself, there is a recipe on page 3 from Rosemary Gladstar, known as the Godmother of American Herbalism.

Make fire cider before you need it. It has to steep for a month.

Meanwhile here’s some good information from Debra Maslowski on DIYnatural.com, on why Fire Cider should be in your medicine cabinet, whether you make your own or buy it.2)http://www.diynatural.com/fire-cider/


So What is Fire Cider?

Fire cider is a combination of immune boosting herbs, roots, and peels steeped in vinegar.

An old folk remedy, FC can be taken hot or cold, straight up or mixed in foods or drinks. You can adjust it as you see fit for your own tastes.

SOURCE: Debra Maslowski on DIYnatural.com3)http://www.diynatural.com/fire-cider/

Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" (the sediment strands).
Apple Cider Vinegar with the “mother” (the sediment strands).

 

Fire Cider Cold and Flu Recipe 

by Rosemary Gladstar

Fire-Cider-Ingredients
Some of the most common fire cider ingredients. Image by Rosemary Gladstar.

 

Rosemary Gladstar’s Video on Making Fire Cider

Rosemary Gladstar is one of the herbal sages of our time. She still grows and makes herbal remedies and has left a wealth of an herbal health legacy for generations to come.

Rosemary’s recipe is above, and in this video she explains the health benefits of each ingredient.

Rosemary’s book on Amazon ‘Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health‘, has over 100 different remedies and recipes. 

When we first published this article last year, a GardensAll community member shared her recipe with us. Thanks to the awesome, Kathie Chambers Underwood! ❤

Fire Cider Recipe from Kathie Chambers Underwood

  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced horseradish
  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced garlic
  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced onion
  • 1/4 cup peeled and diced ginger
  • 1/4 cup peeled and diced turmeric
  • 1 habanero chile, split in half
  • 1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 lemon, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 to 3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (at least 5% acidity)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste

Take 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold, and then repeating every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside. Some people also take fire cider as a preventative during cold and flu season.4)http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-fire-cider-recipes-from-the-kitchn-199972

kathie-chambers-fire-cider-remedyHere are other way’s Kathie recommends taking fire cider:

  • Mix with lemonade or orange juice
  • Mix with hot water and extra honey to make a tea
  • Use in place of vinegar in salad dressings and condiments
  • Drizzle on steamed vegetables or sautéed greens
  • Use in marinades for meat, tofu, and tempeh
  • Add to soups and chilis
  • Try a couple of dashes in a cocktail, such as a Bloody Mary

“Traditional Fire Ciders are a specific type of oxymel, an ancient medicine that combines herbs with the soothing combination of vinegar and honey.” Bastyr University.

Fire Cider is like a pot of soup, you can find dozens of recipes that all vary in nature, and you can ad-lib your own as well.  There is no “one way” to make it.

The best way to take fire cider is however it is you enjoy it most. However, if you’re adding turmeric to your FC mix, you’ll want to take it with something that contains fat.

Turmeric is rendered assimilable by the body when consumed with a fat such as oil or butter, so for best results if you’re using turmeric, add a little healthy oil before consuming. For more on turmeric, including why most turmeric supplements are basically a waste of money, you may enjoy this article on turmeric root.5)https://www.gardensall.com/getting-to-the-root-of-the-truth-about-turmeric/

Are you brewing your own batch of Fire Cider? We’d love to see your photos and recipes!

If you love chili peppers and even pepper art, you may enjoy this article: Chili Pepper Art and a Sad Story Made Glad Through Gardening.6)https://www.gardensall.com/chili-pepper-art/

For more on home remedies for cold and flu, we hope you’ll check out this article.


Fire cider is made with an apple derivative of reported medicinal benefit: apple cider vinegar. We’re not taking it daily, preferring to eat nutrient rich foods daily while saving things like fire cider and immunity teas it for when our body needs a real immunity boosting kick in the pants, but some folks do take daily doses.

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