Fire Cider and the Power of Plants
Have you ever heard of fire cider? If you haven’t, it’s an amazing wintertime tonic to learn about! Fire cider is a spicy mixture of several immune boosting herbs, spices and foods steeped in apple cider vinegar. Once the mixture has steeped anywhere from two weeks to a month, it is used in small doses. It helps support the immune system and is great for digestive health. It is also antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial!
Fire cider was invented by the herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar, in the late 1970s. The basic recipe is apple cider vinegar with garlic, onions, horseradish, ginger, jalapenos and a little honey. Sometimes, other health benefiting herbs and spices are added like black pepper, rosemary, tumeric, lemons, oranges and cinnamon. A combination tonic like this pulls all the health properties of these plants into one place for you!
I just started my first batch of fire cider for the winter earlier this month! I am excited to see how it turns out. 🙂 If you are interested in trying your hand at making your own fire cider, here is a great video tutorial from the Mountain Rose Herb company!