Fire Cider in my eyes is the perfect winter herbal remedy. For those of you that are wimpy when it comes to spicy stuff, I am right there with you! I can’t do spicy and I absolutely love this recipe! Most people use this remedy to both prevent and use for cold and flu bugs. It does way more than that though. Before we really get into that here is some fire cider facts.
What is fire cider?
Fire cider was first made by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar with a few of her students in the early 1980’s. It is primarily made with apple cider vinegar, horseradish root, onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne and honey.
Controversy with fire cider?
There was recently some controversy with fire cider. Rosemary Gladstar and her students wanted everyone to be able to make, share recipes, sell and make fire cider on their own.
Recently a company decided to trade mark fire cider. In the herbal world, that is like trademarking the words cracker or flower or lip balm. The company said that people could still make their fire cider that they have been making for almost 4 decades, but they would have to call it something else. Rosemary Gladstar and her team went to court. Thankfully after jumping through a lot of hoops and hard work, they won! Fire Cider is now considered a generic term that can not be trademarked. Whoo hoo, this is very good news for the herbal community.
Rosemary Gladstar wrote a book giving all the details about fire cider, the controversy and a bunch of different recipes for fire cider.
The base ingredient facts:
Horseradish Root is great for the immune system and helps stimulate the immune system.
Onions have anti-inflammatory properties and are packed with nutrients like copper, potassium and vitamin C.
Garlic was nicknamed ‘the cure all” many years ago. It can help with things like blood pressure, bacterial and fungal infections.
Ginger is known for helping with motion sickness. It can also help with things like inflammation, the digestive system, blood circulation and viral and bacterial infection.
Cayenne is an immune booster, packed with nutrients like vitamin A and C. It is amazing for the digestive system.
Honey helps bacterial infections and is an anti-inflammatory. It helps coat the throat when its sore and soothes cough. In this recipe it calms the hot down.
Apple Cider Vinegar has so many uses! It is an immune booster, helps with bacterial infection, with weight loss and blood sugar.
-Apple Cider Vinegar (raw and organic)
-2 Parts Horseradish Root
-2 Parts Onion
-1 Part Garlic
-1 part Ginger
-Cayenne (fresh or powder)
Things that you will need:
-Grater or Food Processor
-Wax or parchment paper (if you have metal lid for your mason jar)
-Grate or shred (using food processor) horseradish root. Warning it is strong. The smell always makes me want to gag. Also its really tough, so if you are grating it you will need to use some muscles. I use my food processor to shred it, but I will usually need to use a sharp knife to cut it so it will fit.
-Peel garlic. I add my onion, garlic and ginger to my food processor and lightly chop up. If you don’t have a food processor, grate ginger and chop up onions and garlic.
-Add shredded horseradish and chopped onion, garlic and ginger into mason jar.
-Ingredients should be close to filling the jar.
-Add cayenne to taste.
-Fill the jar with Apple Cider Vinegar to the top.
-If you have a metal lid for your mason jar, cut wax paper or parchment paper so it can go in between the jar and the lid. Apple Cider Vinegar will rust metal.
-Place in a safe location, let it sit for 4 weeks and shake daily so the top doesn’t mold.
-After the 4 weeks strain fluids into a bowl or measuring cup. Try squeezing as much fluids out of the herbs as possible with a spoon.
-Add fluid into mason jar and then add honey to taste.
-Refrigerate when not using.
I take shots once or twice a day. You can also dilute some in your favorite beverage. Some people also use it as a salad dressing or you can add some to any meals like soups or whatever you feel like. Experiment!
Make it your own! I gave you the basic recipe, but you can totally experiment and make if your own. I discovered that I love the way it taste with oranges. Yum! I also will usually add some rosemary and thyme. You can add all sorts of things like lemon and other herbs.
I am experimenting with a couple batches right now. I have one with oranges, pomegranate and nettle. The other one I have a lemon, Shiitake mushrooms and oyster mushrooms...yep that’s right. Sounds weird, but these mushrooms have amazing properties and I want to see how they will do in fire cider.
In the past I added elderberries and rose hip.
What do you have on hand! I highly encourage you to get curious and explore the possibilities.
If you make Fire Cider I would love to know what you think! Send me a DM in Instagram or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!