If you’re looking for an immune-strengthening cider to get you through the cold winter months, well this is for you!
With all the free time we’ve got on our hands, I figured I’d work on a month-long project. If you’re up for it, stay tuned, as I tell you a little bit about Fire Cider and how you can make it yourself! If you really can’t stand spicy foods, I’d stay away from this one. I wanted to make immune-strengthening when I just don’t feel like taking capsules. I also like knowing that I can make my own medicine – I definitely felt like a witch making this potion!
Fire Cider has roots tracing back centuries and is taken as an immune-booster, as a cold/flu aid when you’ve already caught a bug, a digestive aid (thanks to the ACV), and can even help get rid of headaches or nausea! If you do decide to make this Fire Cider, make sure you aren’t going anywhere, as you will need to give this recipe love and attention for the full 30 days. It shouldn’t be too hard, since the majority of us are on lockdown! After the initial recipe is made, it just takes a little rocking back and forth every day to fully mature into the potent Fire Cider you never knew you needed!
The best immune booster you will ever need. You can make it yourself with a few easy to find ingredients. It’s not delicious. I’m not going to lie to you and say it is. It will, however, make you feel like you’ve flushed all the bad bacteria out of your body. So let’s get started!
The term and formula for “Fire Cider” were originally coined by Rosemary Gladstar in the 1970s, but its roots trace back to many generations before that used fermentation and warming herbs as medicine. Gladstar, an herbalist who many consider the godmother of American herbalism, describes Fire Cider as “spicy, hot, deliciously sweet, vinegar tonic.” To be honest, this is the best description of what it is! This “plant wisdom” certainly does not belong to us, and it’s good to give credit where credit is due. All Fire Cider recipes are based on ancient history, including the one listed below. They’re all variations of each other, so I take zero credit for creating this recipe, however, I did give it some tweaks based on what I already had in my fridge.
Seriously, everyone and their mother seems to have tried this immune-strengthening recipe, including Martha Stewart. So why has it become so popular? It may be because it is such an odd combination of ingredients but has such powerful benefits such as immune-strengthening, it’s too hard to pass up!
ACV– digestive aid
Horseradish– clears your sinuses like you’ve never experienced before. Think mustard spice, like in Wasabi! Also great for combatting headaches.
Garlic– Similar to penicillin, its broad-spectrum antimicrobial and antibacterial properties help to fight infections. Helps lower cholesterol as well!
Onion– Similar to garlic, also great antimicrobial properties that fight cold and flu.
Cayenne Pepper– Helps to mobilize and move blood through your body. Great for those with circulation issues.
Ginger– Helps to warm the body and get it ready for digestion. The natural Gravol or anti-nausea medication.
Turmeric– Kicks inflammation to the curb – if you can get this stuff fresh, try it out, but make sure you wear gloves unless you want to turn orange. Be careful with light countertops!
Honey– Not to be forgotten! Good quality honey is not only soothing for inflamed tissues and organs but is a harmonizer that brings everything in this cider together. Once the honey is added, this cider is known as an oxymel – the mixture of acid and honey. In old England, oxymel was recommended for gout, insomnia, coughs, congestion, and pained throats, ears, and backs. It was rubbed on vegetables to ease digestion—also on sore joints.
It’s important to remember that this isn’t the “right” way to make Fire Cider. I didn’t measure anything and I think each time it will have a different flair. In fact, I made 2 1.9L jars and they both have slight variations. Play around with it and remember that this immune-strenghtening cider will be unique to you!
The final product of this immune-strengthening cider is so delicious, bursting with flavor, and will wake up all your senses. Whether you’re sick or feeling fit as a fiddle, give this immune-strengthening cider a go if you’ve got time and a bunch of jars lying around. Let us know what kinds of substitutions you made.
Chelsea has been active most of her life, which led her to become a Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor for the past 7 years. Health and Fitness are not solely dependent on movement, though, and with that understanding, she addresses her client’s other needs, such as diet, mindfulness, and stress management.
When she is not training clients or teaching Yoga, she is finding new activities that keep her mind and body active, such as rock climbing, hiking, listening to podcasts, or playing Board Games with friends. She is constantly working towards: Finding natural solutions to live as long as possible, inclusive Yoga for all body types, and aiming to find mindfulness is everything she does.