Fire cider: cold and flu tonic recipe


We’ve all been there – as the temperature outside plummets, your body temperature shoots up. Your nose flows, you suddenly have a frog living in your throat, and it feels like you have a clamp on your head. Welcome to cold & flu season.

Avoid the agony this year with fire cider, a traditional remedy chock full of potent medicinal foods. Since this is a folk recipe, you can experiment with different combinations of ingredients to suit your unique constitution.

Fire Cider
Recipe Type: medicinal foods
Cuisine: folk medicine
Author: folk remedy
Serves: 8
(via Mountain Rose Herbs) Fire cider is a traditional remedy chock full of potent medicinal foods. Since this is a folk recipe, you can experiment with different combinations of ingredients to suit your unique constitution.
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger root
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 lemon, chopped
  • 1 orange, chopped
  • 2 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder or 2 tbsp fresh chopped turmeric root
  • unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw local honey
  • 2 cayenne peppers, chopped
  1. Prepare all of your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized jar. If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience! Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.
  2. After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness.
  3. Store it in a dark cabinet or the refrigerator and take one tablespoon daily to support your immune system, or a few tablespoons if you feel an illness starting.
Ingredient Variations[br]These herbs and spices would make a wonderful addition to your Fire Cider creations:[br][br]Thyme[br]Rosehips[br]Star Anise[br]Schisandra Berries[br]Astragalus[br]Parsley[br]Burdock[br]Oregano[br]Peppercorns[br]Beet Root Powder[br]Habanero Powder[br]Bird’s Eye Chili Powder[br]Whole Chili Peppers[br]Fresh orange, grapefruit, lime juice and peels

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Learn more fermented recipes at our Wild Foods & Fermentation Immersion this spring!


Wild Food & Fermentation Workshop with Sandor Katz
May 24 – 30, 2015
This comprehensive workshop is led by the world renowned fermentation expert, and New York Times best selling author, Sandor Katz. He will lead participants in daily hands-on fermentation projects and classes. Along with Sandor, five of Asheville’s top wild food experts will take you on field excursions to discover, taste, and learn how to work with nutritional edibles you can find most anywhere. Demonstrations, lectures, food tastings, and community gatherings will all be included. In this workshop, you will learn how to nourish yourself and heal your body with fermented foods, as well as identify and prepare wild and medicinal edibles that you can integrate into your kitchen and daily diet. If you are a food connoisseur, aspiring naturalist, chef, health professional, urban homesteader, or hungry student, you will gain life-long wisdom from this week-long immersion.

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Ashevillage is an organization in Asheville, NC, whose mission is to create community-based, on-the-ground programs, projects and people that foster a vibrant, just, and regenerative world. Their goal is to accelerate the design and implementation of local, nature-based, regenerative systems and thriving community-inspired culture. Their vision is of humanity living by the wisdom of nature in a way that honors and supports life in peaceful, thriving and celebratory cohabitation.

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