Fire Cider: At Home Immune Tonic

A natural remedy and preventative for colds and flu.

fire cider ingredients on cutting boardFire Cider has a long history as a folk remedy for illness. A potent cocktail of hot aromatic herbs, this elixir works as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and natural antibiotic with immune regulating benefits.

Benefits of Fire Cider

  • Strengthens immune system by stimulating white blood cells
  • Potent natural antibiotic properties
  • Stimulates circulatory and digestive functions
  • Strong anti-inflammatory effects
  • Invigorates and energizes
  • Diuretic, promoting sweating to help break a fever
  • Aids in breaking up congestion and phlegm
  • Clears sinus passages

How to Make Fire Cider

  1. Add 1/2 white or yellow onion chopped, 1/4 cup horseradish peeled and chopped, 1/4 cup ginger peeled and chopped, 1/4 cup garlic peeled and chopped, 3 large jalapenos sliced, 2 lemons zested and juiced to a 1-quart mason jar.
  2. Cover chopped ingredients with organic apple cider vinegar and seal jar.
  3. Let steep for 4-8 weeks in a dark cabinet. The longer the better.
  4. Drain veggies, add honey to liquid mixture to taste.
  5. Veggies can be used for stir-fry.

How To Use Fire Cider

  • Take fire cider like a shot or mix 1-3 TB with tea or juice. Use daily as a preventative, or 3-4x day for treatment of colds/flus.
  • Apply to a cloth and place on chest for congestion.
  • Massage into sore muscles.
  • Add extra honey to use as a cough syrup.

As far as immune tonics go, fire cider contains all the heavy hitters. I love it as a refreshing wake-me-up in the morning or after a long day of work. It is spicy and will clear out your sinuses and give you a jolt of energy.

Want to try another at-home traditional healing food? Check out this Congee Recipe.

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About the Author:

Caitlin Gordon, M.S., L.Ac., C.M.F.P., is a functional medicine clinician, board-certified acupuncturist, and transformative health coach based in Boulder, Colorado. Owner of Amaluna Wellness, Caitlin treats patients online and in-person. She specializes in treating stress, anxiety, and depression without pharmaceuticals.

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