Cure Yourself Immediately: DIY Fire Cider
Fire cider is a combination of immune boosting herbs, roots, and peels steeped in vinegar.
It’s reported to be anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and circulation boosting as well.
Ingredients include horseradish, hot peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, and apple cider vinegar. All things that are good for you, but put together, yield a powerful kick.
Fire cider is an old folk remedy and can be taken hot or cold, straight up or mixed in foods or drinks, or even made into a slushie. You can adjust it as you see fit for your own tastes.
- ½ cup fresh grated ginger root
- ½ cup fresh grated horseradish root
- 1 chopped onion
- 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 hot peppers – jalapeño, serrano, or something equally hot
- 1 lemon, squeezed and then quartered, including the peel
- a few branches of rosemary
- 1 small tumeric root, grated or sliced
- a handful of mint, try lemon or grapefruit mint if you have it
- a handful of lemongrass leaves, chopped
- apple cider vinegar (find raw, unfiltered ACV here)
- local honey, raw is best (or buy organic raw honey here)
Wash, peel, chop and crush all of your ingredients except the honey and vinegar. Place everything in a quart jar, or two jars if you’re like me and get carried away! Pour the vinegar over the plant matter until the jar is full. There’s no amount of vinegar listed because it can vary with the amount you make. I used about 2 cups per jar, maybe a bit less. You’ll need to place a piece of wax paper over the top between the top of the jar and the lid, otherwise the vinegar will eat at the lid and turn it to rust. Put the lid on tightly and shake well. Store it in a dark place and shake it daily for about a month. Be careful opening it the first time as it can make your eyes water!
Place a colander over a bowl and line the colander with cheesecloth. Place the mixture in the colander and use a plate to press out the moisture of the mix into the bowl. To get everything, wrap the cheesecloth around the remaining mixture and squeeze the rest of the moisture out.
Pour the liquid through a funnel into bottles.
For daily immune boosting use: Drink 1-2 ounces, two or more times a day. Be sure not to dilute it with water even though the taste is extremely powerful.
For infection fighting use: Take the tonic 5-6 times a day.