Are you searching for new and natural ways to keep yourself and your family healthy this winter? You may want to try making your own batch of Fire Cider.
Fire Cider is a spicy hot tonic that uses medicinal herbs to help boost the body’s immune system so that it can better fight off germs and infection. This recipe was developed in the early 1980s by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar at the California School of Herbal Studies.
Gladstar is the author of 11 books, including her best-selling Medicinal Herbs, a Beginners Guide. The founder and president of United Plant Savers, Gladstar lives and works from her 500-acre preserve, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, in central Vermont.
Fire Cider is one of what Gladstar calls her “cross-over” recipes, meaning it is part medicine, part food. In a recent interview with Off The Grid Radio, Gladstar noted, “It is the dosage and the way you take it (an herb or an herb combination) that would change it from a food to a medicine.”
- half-cup fresh grated ginger.
- half-cup fresh grated horseradish root.
- half-cup chopped onion.
- quarter-cup chopped garlic.
- raw apple cider vinegar.
- Place the herbs in a quart-sized wide-mouth jar and cover with the apple cider vinegar.
- Close jar with lid and let it sit for 2-3 weeks.
- Then strain out the herbs.
- Add honey (to taste) and a little cayenne to the liquid
- Drink a shot glass full of liquid (about two tablespoons) daily or as needed
“Everybody loves it,” Gladstar said. “It is hot and fiery and really good.”
Gladstar says Fire Cider works as a good preventative medicine to take daily during cold and flu season, and that you can simply up your dosage if you are sick.
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