Fire Cider

 

I have been hearing about fire cider for several years – a herbal tonic that is steeped in folklore. You can buy fire cider from various places, and you may have heard some of the controversy about whether a company should have been allowed to trademark a name that has been passed down through the ages. Controversy or not, this recipe, from Mountain Rose, gives a great recipe for making your own.

Fire Cider is a traditional remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with powerful decongestant and spicy circulatory movers makes this recipe especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.

Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it and what’s growing around you. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, but there are plenty of other herbs that can be thrown in for added kick. This year I had lots of spicy jalapenos and vibrant rosemary in the garden, so I used those along with some organic turmeric powder in the cupboard and fresh lemon peel. Some people like to bury their fire cider jar in the ground for a month while it extracts and then dig it up during a great feast to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

Read on for ingredients…

 

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