Fire Cider is a zesty vinegar tonic that can stimulate digestion and support your immune system. It combines the healing powers of apple cider vinegar with a myriad of herbs. You can add other herbs and spices for extra flavor and healing properties.
I learned about this simple folk remedy as a young adult. I enjoy it throughout the year, adding it to dressings and drinks for an extra punch. Here’s the basic recipe I learned and use.
- 1 medium organic onion, coarsely chopped
- 10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed
- 2 organic jalapeno peppers, coarsely chopped
- 1 organic lemon, quartered
- 4 oz fresh organic ginger root, coarsely chopped
- 4 oz fresh organic horseradish root, coarsely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves
- organic apple cider vinegar
Prepare and combine all ingredients into a blender with enough apple cider vinegar to liquefy. Transfer into a glass quart jar and fill to top with vinegar. Note that vinegar corrodes metal so use parchment paper to protect a metal lid. Vigorously shake the concoction daily and store in a dark place for 4 weeks. Strain your fire cider through cheesecloth into clean jars. Now you have a powerful healing brew to help keep you well all year round!
Use your fire cider as needed to support your immune system. You can drop some under your tongue, mix it into juice or add it to salad dressings, marinades and sauces. This is very versatile and can help boost any dish or beverage, while supporting your immune system. Don’t forget that you can combine the strained pulp with fresh veggies to create other tasty dishes.
Stay well this year with fire cider and lots of rest, your body works hard so make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night. If you have trouble with getting enough sleep, try creating a bedtime ritual.