Fire Cider: An Infused Vinegar
I've been hearing about Fire Cider for a few years from my super cool hippie mom friends, but hadn't ventured down that road. Then, last time I was sick, I saw commercially available Fire Cider at my local health food store and decided to give it a try. I took WAY MORE than the recommended dose and luckily didn't burn a hole in my tummy, and my sinuses finally cleared after days of headaches caused by sinus pressure. That's when I knew I needed to make my own.
"As a folk remedy there are countless variations, but most fire cider recipes include ingredients like fresh horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and chile pepper. These are infused in apple cider vinegar (vinegar draws out many plant constituents), which is then strained"
from The Kitchn
The problem is that Fire Cider calls for some special ingredients (although recipes vary quite a bit). I wanted fresh horseradish and turmeric, plus onions and garlic and jalapeños and for mine- rosemary (I stole that from the "Thieves" oil recipes used during the plague). I grow my own rosemary and don't have problems getting garlic, onions, and jalapeños, but the horseradish and turmeric posed a problem. I live in a small town, and fresh roots like that aren't readily available.
As usual, Amazon to the rescue. I found both organic horseradish and turmeric and was set!
For mine, I just cut up all the ingredients finely, using basically equal parts of each, and covered it all in apple cider vinegar and now I set it and forget it in the back of a cupboard in my laundry room (out of light) in this gorgeous 1/2 gallon mason jar. I'll strain out the solids and then drink the infused vinegar when I'm feeling sick. Usually they say about a shot a day when you are healthy, and a couple when you are sick (I do much more, but I've got fire in my belly).
If you make it, let me know in the comments what you add to your fire cider!
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