Fire Cider is a traditional remedy that promotes immunity, healthy digestion, respiratory health and longevity. Fire cider is a delicious blend of spicy medicinal and culinary herbs, spicy peppers, horse radish, lemon juice, and lots of garlic. Fire cider is an ally for increasing immunity with some of the spiciest and best germ-killing herbal and culinary allies we know. Fire cider can be used as a daily or seasonal tonic to promote whole family immunity. Children and elders love fire cider to fight colds, flu’s, and infections. The pungent herbs used increase secretion, metabolism, circulation and elimination. Fire cider also makes a wonderful addition to salad dressings.

How it works:
Fire cider is used to promote immunity by increasing body temperature to kill viruses and bacteria, promoting secretion and movement to wash away bacteria, and increasing hydrochloric acid, which both helps the body to break down and absorb nutrients and helps to eliminate viruses and bacteria in the stomach.

Meet the herbs:

Garlic
Allium sativum
plant part: bulb
Energetics heating, moving, energizing, antimicrobial (to everything except our own healthy bacteria)

Ginger
Zingiber officinale
plant part: rhizome
Energetics warming, pungent, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, immunomodulation, thermogenic

Horseradish
Armoracia rusticana
plant part: root

Energetics: hot and dry, pungent, aromatic, antimicrobial, decongestant, expectorant, rubefacient, thermogenic-febrifuge. Used for cold, damp, congestion.
Note: This plant is a relative of wasabi and mustard – it gets fluids moving and results in a runny nose, clearing the upper sinuses. It is commonly used as a condiment.

Hot pepper
capsicum anuum
plant part: fruit
Energetics: warm, pungent. Increases saliva and digestive secretions. Warming, increases sweating.

Fire Cider Recipe

Ingredients:
Garlic-1-2 heads- crushed or chopped
Ginger rhizome-2-3 inches finely chopped
Horseradish-1/4 cup finely chopped
Hot peppers-4+ peppers – jalapeño, habanero- finely or roughly chopped
Lemons- 1-2 whole chopped up and juice squeezed in
Apple Cider Vinegar -32 oz to cover all herbs and peppers
Honey -2 tablespoons to add a touch of sweet
1 tablespoon of your favorite dried and powdered culinary herbs
Optional herbs and spices to promote immunity and healthy digestion: Turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, bay leaves, thyme, coriander, cilantro, mints.
Note: Listen to your body and be energetically savvy to that right herbal combinations for you and your family. Not too hot or too cold but just right!

Directions:

Chop all ingredients and put in 1-quart jar. Cover with apple cider vinegar. If using powdered herbs, add in as desired by the tablespoon and/or use an herbgrinder or mortal and pestle to grind up herbs before adding. Let herbs sit for 2 weeks or up to one month. If following the traditional preparation, you can bury your fire cider in the ground for one lunar cycle to capture the moon’s and earth’s energy into your medicine. If you bury the jar in the earth, be sure to use waxpaper around the lid of your mason jar, to protect your fire cider from the lid eroding from the acid of the vinegar. And also be sure to mark the spot where you buried it! Strain and pour into dropper bottles for easy serving. Consider keeping a bottle of fire cider at the dining table and use before each meal if it is the right energetic and herbal combination for you.

Nana Mae’s Organics

Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

New York Times – The Battle for the One, True ‘Fire Cider’

Apple Cider Vinegar @ NCBI