Have you ever heard of Fire Cider? It’s a traditional folk remedy that has been used for centuries to support the immune system and promote overall wellness. This herbal tonic is made by infusing apple cider vinegar with a variety of herbs and spices, including garlic, ginger, horseradish, and onion. The result is a potent, pungent liquid that is said to help boost the body’s natural defenses against colds, flu, and other infections.
The origins of Fire Cider can be traced back to the 17th century, when it was first used by rural communities in the United Kingdom and Europe. It was passed down through generations and has been traditionally used by herbalists and folk healers. The formula and preparation method of fire cider can vary depending on the herbalist, but the core ingredients typically include apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, onion, horseradish, and hot peppers. I’ve been making mine for over 20 years and use a few additional ingredients. Be sure to use all organic ingredients – you don’t want to introduce chemicals or pesticides into a compromised immune system!
You will chop all of the ingredients: use a machine if you have one – easy peasy! Mine go into the jar in layers but as you will see it doesn’t stay that way once you add the apple cider vinegar!
Fire Cider is an effective, age-old remedy that can be made at home very easily. It is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to boost the immune system and improve overall health.
1/2 cup chopped ginseng root fresh or dried.
1/4 cup freshly grated ginger root,
1/4 cup freshly grated horseradish.
1/4 cup chopped garlic,
1/4 cup freshly grated turmeric root
1/2 cup white onion chopped.
1 or 2 chopped cayenne peppers (or 1 habanero if you like spicy)
2 lemons zest and juice.
It is vital to use all organic ingredients. You don’t need any chemicals, pestiticdes or GMO ingredients in any herbal remedy! Chop all ingredients and place in glass jar and pack down. Pour in enough Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to cover by an inch or more then seal tightly and let sit for 4 weeks in a dark pantry/cabinet at room temperature. LABEL YOUR JAR WITH CONTENTS AND DATE! Make sure all food items are under vinegar so it doesn’t mold. Use a fermenting weight if necessary. Once 4 weeks have passed, strain through fine mesh or cheesecloth – I like cheesecloth because you can squeeze the juice out. Add honey 1 tbsp at a time until you get desired sweetness. I don’t use much.
Take 1 oz a day for immune support.
Use as salad dressing – delicious
Use as meat marinade – yummy
Additional ingredients to use if desired:
Black peppercorns: Rich in antioxidants such as piperine, black pepper increases the absorption of other nutrients and help the body manage inflammation. They may also play a role in brain health
Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano: these herbs have long been used in folk remedies to support healthy respiratory and immune function.
Essential Oils: Black Pepper, Ginger, Rosemary, Oregano Thyme, Lemon Turmeric- go easy on the hot oils! use to taste.
One of the key benefits of Fire Cider is its ability to support the immune system. The combination of ingredients used in the tonic has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to protect the body against viral and bacterial infections.
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius): is a root used in herbal medicine. Both Native American healers and Chinese medicine have utilized it. Research suggests it may boost energy, stimulate the immune system, and lower blood sugars.
Onion (Allium cepa) Loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C and quercetin plus minerals like potassium and sulfur, onions are amazing for supporting digestive health and immune function.
Garlic (Allium sativum): The benefits of garlic for health have been proclaimed for centuries; however, only recently has garlic been proposed for maintaining the homeostasis of the immune system. In other words, modern research is beginning to validate garlic’s use as a folk remedy for immune support. Specifically, studies are finding that garlic supports balanced immune and inflammatory processes. Garlic is also known for its antiviral properties,
Ginger root (Zingiber officinale): has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to soothe tummy complaints such as nausea, morning sickness, gas, and indigestion.Also, according to Penn State Medical Center, it has a history of use in helping to ease “the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and painful menstrual periods.” Ginger is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties!
Horseradish root (Armoracia rusticana): Rich in folate and a compound called sinigrin, studies have found that horseradish helps the body break up congestion and calms inflammation. Horseradish is also known for its antimicrobial properties.
Turmeric root (Curcuma longa): The main constituent in turmeric root, curcumin, has been shown to exhibit “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal” and other properties
Cayenne peppers (Capsicum annuum): (or habanero if you’re feeling brave) are rich in capsaicin, which assists the body in managing inflammation.
Lemon (Citrus limon) Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which supports immune function. This recipe also incorporates the rind, which draws out a compound called limonene that has mood lifting, digestion supporting, and immune system benefits. Again organic is key! Conventional lemons may have absorbed pesticide residue that can’t be washed off.
In addition to its immune-boosting properties, Fire Cider is also said to be beneficial for the digestive system. The vinegar and herbs are believed to help stimulate the production of stomach acid and enzymes, which can aid in digestion and help to prevent indigestion.
Fire Cider can be taken daily as a preventative measure or when you feel a cold or flu coming on. To use, take 1-2 tablespoons of the tonic straight or diluted in water or juice, up to three times a day. Start small and work your way up to larger doses!
It is important to note that Fire Cider is made with raw apple cider vinegar and can be very strong. It may cause heartburn or upset stomach in some individuals. Start with a small amount and gradually increase to your desired level.
As always….it is best to consult your healthcare practitioner before taking any herbal supplement, especially if you are pregnant or have any underlying health conditions.