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. Apparently there’s another natural immune booster you can make at home: fire cider!

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 immune boost kick in the pants, but some folks do take daily doses.

We love discovering and making home remedies, so were glad to learned about Fire Cider from someone in the Gardens All Facebook community. They said it’s their go-to treatment during cold and flu season. So we had to make some of our own! 1)https://gardensall.com/best-herbs-for-colds-and-flu/

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

However, 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.

Also an excellent daily tonic.

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.

Meanwhile here’s some good information from Debra Maslowski on why Fire Cider should be in your medicine cabinet, whether you make your own or buy it.

Why You Should Keep Fire Cider in Stock!

What is Fire Cider?

by Debra Maslowski on DIYnatural.com

Fire cider is a combination of immune boosting herbs, roots, and peels steeped in vinegar. It’s reported to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, decongestant, and circulation boosting as well. When I saw what was in it, I understood.

Ingredients include horseradish, hot peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, and apple cider vinegar. All things that are good for you, but put together, yield a powerful kick.

Fire cider is an old folk remedy and can be taken hot or cold, straight up or mixed in foods or drinks, or even made into a slushie. You can adjust it as you see fit for your own tastes. 2)http://www.diynatural.com/fire-cider/

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

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Fire Cider Cold and Flu Recipe 

by Rosemary Gladstar

image: Rosemary Gladstar
  • ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
  • ½ cup or more fresh chopped onions
  • ¼ cup or more chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup or more grated ginger
  • Chopped fresh or dried cayenne pepper ‘to taste’. Can be whole or powdered.  ‘To Taste’ means should be hot, but not so hot you can’t tolerate it.  Better to make it a little milder than too hot; you can always add more pepper later if necessary.
  • Optional ingredients; Turmeric, Echinacea, cinnamon, etc.
  1. Place herbs in a half-gallon canning jar and cover with enough raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to cover the herbs by at least three to four inches.  Cover tightly with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Place jar in a warm place and let sit for three to four weeks.  Best to shake every day to help in the maceration process.
  3. After three to four weeks, strain out the herbs, and reserve the liquid.

A small shot glass daily serves as an excellent tonic or take teaspoons if you feel a cold coming on.

If you don’t grow any of these herbs, or roots, here is Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide from Amazon to get you started.

Editor’s Note: 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 turmeric supplements are basically a waste of money, you may enjoy this article on turmeric root.3)https://www.gardensall.com/getting-to-the-root-of-the-truth-about-turmeric/

Rosemary Gladstar’s Video on Making Fire Cider

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. 

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 using it:

  • 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

Editor’s Note: 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.

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.5)https://www.gardensall.com/chili-pepper-art/

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