Fire Cider for Whole Body + Mind Wellness

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, horseradish, lemon juice, and garlic.  Fire cider is an ally for increasing immunity with some of the spiciest and best germ-killing herbal and culinary allies we know.  It can be used as a daily or seasonal tonic to promote whole-family immunity. Children and elders love fire cider to fight colds, flus, 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 Used: bulb
  • Energetics: heating, moving, energizing, antimicrobial (to everything except our own healthy bacteria)

Ginger: Zingiber officinale

  • Plant Part Used: rhizome/root
  • Energetics: warming, pungent, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, immunomodulation, thermogenic

Horseradish: Armoracia rusticana

  • Plant Part Used: 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 Used: 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/root – 2-3 inches finely chopped or grated
  • Horseradish -1/4 cup finely chopped or grated
  • 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 the right herbal combinations for you and your family.  Not too hot or too cold but just right!

Instructions:

  1. Chop all ingredients and put in a 1-quart jar. Cover with apple cider vinegar.   If using powdered herbs, add in as desired by the tablespoon and/or use an herb grinder or mortar and pestle to grind up herbs before adding. 
  2. 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 – make sure to mark where you buried it!  If you use a jar with a metal rim, be sure to use wax paper around the lid of your mason jar to keep the lid from eroding from the acid of the vinegar. 
  3. 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 or as a condiment if it is the right energetic and herbal combination for you.

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