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Β πŸ”₯Β Fire Cider πŸ”₯Β 

I made this last year with great success! Now I started another batch with cold/flu season upon us and I thought I'd share this recipe.Β Note that this is medicinal (non-alcoholic). Drinking fire cider when you are healthy will not harm you by no means.... it's just not for the faint of heart (or stomach) because it's spicy hot and potent.Β However, I absolutely HATE suffering through a cold for days upon days and I much rather snuff it out in one go with this. Last winter, whenever I felt that itchiness in my throat or some congestion starting up, I would take a shot of fire cider (roughly 1 Tablespoon) each day (sometimes twice just to be safe). You have the option to dilute this in a glass of water or orange juice if you prefer but I'm the type that white knuckles it like a maniac.

I got the recipe from this herbalist that I have been watching for a couple of years, Kim from Botanical Living. She is amazing with her knowledge about the health benefits herbs bring us! Here she gives a run down on uses for fire cider and where it comes from.

Other sources I have pulled from for myself are:

Kitchen Witchery: Making Immune Boosting Fire Cider Tonic (thebellwitchmanor.com)

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The basic bare bones of the recipe are:

  • Ginger root (improves circulation and strengthens digestion)
  • White onion (fights inflammation & infection, good for the heart and digestive health)
  • Horseradish (clears the sinus, supports liver detox, breaks up congestion)
  • Garlic (immune enhancing properties and "anti" almost everything)
  • Jalapeno peppers or any capsaicin with heat (vaso-dilator, opens blood vessels, move the heat out)
  • Turmeric root (anti-inflammatory benefits, detoxification)Β 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (best kind is with "the mother" as this has good bacteria for your gut)

These ingredients are best to get in their whole and fresh form if you can.Β There are add-ins you can choose if you wish such as lemon, cinnamon sticks, honey, or other herbs.

Basically, you roughly chop them all up for more surface area to get saturated. Place all ingredients in a jar, pour in enough apple cider vinegar to cover it all, and then put on the lid. Store in a cool dry place like in your cupboard or pantry for 1-3 months. Give it a good shake now and then to encourage the contents to mix together.

When ready, strain, and pour the infused tonic in a bottle or jar of your choosing. Keep in the fridge. Fire cider will separate itself (from all those good ingredients) so stir it up before using. The scraps you can compost, blend into a mash, or you can toss them. Kim in the video has explained she likes to keep the mash to use like a hot sauce condiment.

I joke with my family that this is my "magic potion" or "elixir". None of them, however, have been brave enough to try anyΒ πŸ˜…

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* What homemade remedies do you have for when you are feeling under the weather?

Edited by Andriel_Isilien
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