- Warming & energizing (beneficial for cooler months)
- Has antibacterial and antibiotic properties
- Stimulates digestion
- Acts an an expectorant
- Supports health respiratory system
- Relieve congestion
- Supports immune system functions
- Supports healthy circulation
- Taking this remedy this time of year can help you feel more balanced and in-tune with your natural rhythms
- 1/2 cup peeled and diced/sliced/shredded fresh horseradish root
- 10 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed or rough chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced or grated fresh turmeric
- 1/2 cup peeled and diced/sliced onion
- 1/2 cup peeled and diced/cut/shredded ginger
- 1-2 jalapeño pepper chopped or 1/8th teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 lemon, cut into eighths
- 3-4 springs fresh rosemary and/or thyme
- 2 to 3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with Mother (enough to fill the jar after ingredients are added)
- Raw organic (local if possible) honey to taste (this comes last, after the vinegar has been infused for several weeks and then strained)
Place all of the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices in a clean 1-quart glass mason jar. Fill the jar with vinegar, covering all the ingredients with about an inch at the top (push down to make sure there are no air bubbles). Cap the jar. If using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the jar and the lid to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well.
Let the jar sit in a dark cabinet for 4 to 6 weeks, shaking daily (or as often as you remember).
After the 4 to 6 weeks, strain the vinegar into a clean jar and discard solids. Add honey to taste. Refrigerate and use within a year.
I often hear clients say that they didn’t make it because they couldn’t find horseradish or don’t like jalapeños, etc. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use whatever you have and whatever you want. Each ingredient adds it’s own health attribute, but feel free to omit or add. I’ve never made the same batch twice. Variations I’ve made included cloves, lemongrass, oregano, and cinnamon sticks.
I’d love to hear what YOU put in your Fire Cider. Post a picture to my Facebook page and show me how yours comes out.