Fire Cider: A Potent Homemade Immune Booster
As the seasons shift and temperatures drop, fortifying your immune system becomes a top priority. Enter fire cider, a traditional herbal concoction known for its immune-boosting properties. This homemade remedy is a potent blend of herbs, spices, and apple cider vinegar, revered for its ability to ward off colds and flu, and support overall wellness.
What is Fire Cider?
Fire cider is a centuries-old tonic that combines powerful immune-boosting ingredients. It's crafted by infusing apple cider vinegar with a variety of herbs, roots, fruits, and spices, creating a potent and pungent potion.
Ingredients for Fire Cider:
Note: Feel free to adjust quantities based on personal preferences.
- 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
- 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and crushed
- 1/2 cup grated ginger root
- 1/2 cup grated horseradish root
- 2 jalapeño peppers, chopped
- Zest and juice from 2 lemons
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder or 2 tablespoons grated fresh turmeric
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Raw honey to taste (optional)
How to Make Fire Cider:
Preparation: Prepare all your ingredients, chopping and grating as needed.
Layering the Jar: In a clean, quart-sized glass jar, layer the chopped onion, crushed garlic, grated ginger, grated horseradish, chopped jalapeños, lemon zest, lemon juice, turmeric, and black peppercorns.
Adding Apple Cider Vinegar: Pour apple cider vinegar over the herbs and spices until the jar is full. Make sure all the ingredients are submerged in the vinegar.
Sealing the Jar: Cover the jar with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper to prevent the vinegar from corroding the metal lid. Seal the jar tightly.
Infusing: Place the jar in a dark, cool place for 2-4 weeks, shaking it daily to ensure the ingredients mix well.
Straining and Storing: After the infusing period, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean bowl. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids and transfer the liquid into a clean glass bottle or jar.
Optional Sweetening: At this stage, you can add raw honey to taste if you prefer a sweeter tonic.
How to Use Fire Cider:
- Take 1 tablespoon daily as a preventive measure during cold and flu season.
- If you feel a cold coming on, increase your dosage to 1 tablespoon, 3-4 times a day.
Note: Fire cider is potent and has a strong, intense flavor. It can be consumed straight or mixed with water, juice, or used as a salad dressing ingredient.
Making your own fire cider at home is a fantastic way to support your immune system naturally. With its array of healthful ingredients, this powerful tonic is a staple in many wellness routines. Remember, it's always advisable to consult a healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns before adding herbal remedies to your routine.
Cheers to good health and natural remedies!
- Danielle Lasit