How to Make Fire Cider to Boost Your Immune System

 

I’d never heard of Fire Cider until maybe 2 years ago. I saw it on Pinterest (naturally) and it caught my eye as an “old school” way to stay healthy. People have been making it for generations. It’s definitely something my grandfather would have known about. He always had a home remedy up his sleeve (Tomato plan leaves on a bee sting! Vicks Vapo rub up the nostrils for congestion!) Although you can buy it pre-made, there’s something satisfying about making it the way older generations did, and carrying on the tradition. Plus it’s quick and easy!

Fire Cider is a concoction of naturally potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory ingredients like garlic, onions, lemons, turmeric steeped in apple cider vinegar.  I mean, any one of those individually is great for warding off what ails you but mix them all together and it’s you against the world!! You take it daily “to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.” (Source)

We already make our own elderberry syrup (this is the recipe we follow, although we cut the honey by half) but I’m always curious to try “weird hippie” popular folk remedies so I made my grocery list and set out to the store.

 

fire cider ingredients

 

On my list –  ginger, turmeric root, jalapeños, lemons, oranges, horseradish root, garlic, onion, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and the optional ingredient rosemary. I’ve seen a wide variety of recipes online and it’s generally pretty forgiving. The concept is simple – buy the main ingredients known for fighting off the crud, add in herbs and citrus that you like, add everything to a glass jar and pour in apple cider vinegar to cover. Place in a cool, dark space and forget about it for a month while it steeps to form a potent brew! Since there’s some lead time involved, I suggest you make it asap!

 

pouring acv into fire cider

 

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Fire Cider
fire cider jars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 month
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 month
Servings
Ingredients
fire cider jars
Instructions
  1. In the large jar, add the horseradish, ginger, turmeric, onion, garlic, jalapeños, lemon, lime.
  2. Fill the jar with apple cider, leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
  3. Let it sit for at ideally 4-6 weeks before straining through a cheesecloth.
  4. Once strained, you can add in raw, local honey to sweeten and store in the fridge for up to a year.
Recipe Notes

Optional Add-Ins:
honey
rosemary
thyme
parsley
rose hips
peppercorns
cayenne pepper
grapefruit
lime

 

How to Take:
• Take 1-2 tablespoons daily as a preventative, or increase to 3-4 times a day when feeling run down or sick
• Drizzle on a salad with EVOO
• Add to your morning tea or juice
• Use as a marinade
• Splash on steamed veggies or greens (would be especially good with collard greens or kale!)

 

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