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Healthy Habits: Fire Cider

What is Fire Cider?

“Fire Cider” is a tincture/extract you can make at home or purchase that is valuable to have on-hand at the onset of cold symptoms. Because it’s made with apple cider vinegar, it can be stored for up to a year. It is very concentrated and only requires about a tablespoon dose to be effective.

The ingredients in most traditional fire ciders include: onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, hot peppers, horseradish, lemon, thyme and honey. You can create your own unique fire cider with variations such as: adding or substituting citrus fruits like limes and oranges; adding more herbs like rosemary, sage and oregano; and choosing one or more hot peppers to include, such as chilis, cayenne and jalapenos.

Fire cider has many health benefits including: antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-oxidant, boosts the immune system, helps break a fever, detoxifying, antibacterial, aids digestion and expectorant (helps clear mucous).


Into a 1 liter glass jar place (with, preferably, organically grown ingredients for the most potent tincture): 17 cloves of garlic and 3 heads/tops of garlic, 1 tablespoon of granulated dried horseradish or freshly sliced horseradish, several slices of fresh ginger root or a tablespoon or more of dried ginger root, 3 whole lemons cut into wedges, 1 small purple onion chopped, 2 small red chilies chopped, several slices of fresh turmeric root or a tablespoon or more of dried turmeric root, 1 cayenne pepper chopped, and a tablespoon or more each of fresh or dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary, sage and/or oregano.

Pour organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar over the ingredients and fill the jar. Place a plastic lid on tightly, give it a gentle shake and store in a cool, dark spot. Steep for 4 weeks and gently shake at least once a day.

After 4 weeks, pour through a fine mesh strainer or muslin cloth, throw out the non-liquid ingredients, and store your homemade fire cider in a glass bottle with a plastic lid on tightly in the refrigerator for up to a year. Take a tablespoon or less a day mixed into juice or filtered water to boost the immune system, at the onset of a cold, or to treat specific symptoms such as a fever.

With creating your own fire cider blend, you can pick and choose which ingredients and omit certain ones according to any underlying conditions that you are currently experiencing. For instance, you may want to use less spicy peppers or none at all if spiciness typically causes you acid reflux. You can also omit ingredients that would have a negative interaction with a pharmaceutical you’re taking. Do your research and/or check with your doc before trying new herbal remedies.

Be Well, God Bless You and Merry Christmas!

By Jennifer Wimmer

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