Fire cider is one of those home remedies that people swear by. There are some serious health benefits of fire cider to be sure. The ingredients call for horseradish, a known antibacterial agent, and ginger, one of just about every Mom’s favorite anti-nausea remedy. The problem with fire cider is that for all of its purported benefits, there’s one major downside. Go to any health food store and you’ll find tiny bottles of this elixir for a staggering price.
For instance, the Amazon.com recommended fire cider is more than $20.00 for 16oz. That just seems like a lot.
Health Benefits of Fire Cider
The cold-fighting health benefits of fire cider are widely known. They would seem to come more from the ingredients themselves than the preparation, but as with so many mystical tonics, it appears the preparation reinforces the natural health benefits. Cayenne, garlic, ginger root, and jalapenos all inspire that inner body warmth that many believe promotes a healthy immune system.
Another health benefit comes from using fire cider as a daily treatment in the cold winter months. The idea being that by exercising and cultivating a healthy immune system daily, it will be strong enough to ward an illness before it reaches crisis mode.
As a cough remedy fire cider excels when mixed with a bit of honey. Now that we know what the health benefits are, how do we go about getting them?
How to Make Fire Cider
While there are many different recipes for fire cider online that can be found with an easy Google search, there is one that our CEO and Founder swears by. It’s a tad on the spicy side, so the author recommends you adjust to your level of spice tolerance.
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
Ginger root: finely chopped or grated- 1/4 cup
Horseradish root: finely chopped or grated- 1/2 cup
1 small onion: chopped
2 jalapenos: chopped
1 lemon: juice and zest
12 garlic cloves: finely chopped
Fresh Rosemary sprigs: 1-2
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorn ( to activate the turmeric powder)
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne powder
Raw local honey (for later)
What we love about this recipe is that so much of what’s needed can be found in your garden or herb garden. There’s nothing more expensive than buying herbs at the grocery store. For whatever reason, a massive bush of rosemary that grows like a weed can be had for next to nothing, but take that same bit of rosemary past a grocery store cash register and you’re going to feel the pain in your wallet.
Fire Cider Mixture
Again, we’ll go straight to the horse’s mouth on this one. Why try to improve on perfection?
Step 1: Combine Ginger, Horseradish, onion, jalapenos, garlic cloves, lemon juice and zest in a quart sized canning jar.
Step 2: Poor apple cider vinegar into the jar.
Step 4: Shake real good, and store in a dark place, such as a cupboard or closet for 4 to 6 weeks. Once brewed, you will find most of the ingredients have broke down, however you should still strain with a cheesecloth or strainer. Add local raw honey to taste! I like to do no more then a few teaspoons. I like to keep mine in an easy to pour bottle so I can take shots or use as needed