Autumn and winter time is the period when the body’s immunity and defenses drop along with the temperature, which becomes the common cause of the increased occurrence of cold and flu.
Fortunately, there is one preventive measure you can do, and a remedy you can use in case you really do get any of these two. Having the fire cider recipe at hand would truly be a big help during this period, but only if you have prepared well in summer.
So let’s start exploring what you will need and have to do to prevent getting a cold and know how to fight it when cold and flu season finally begins.
Fire Cider Recipe
Equipment to Use
- Wax paper
- Quart-sized jar
- ½ to ⅓ cup ginger root, scrubbed-clean and grated
- 1 head garlic, chopped or crushed
- 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh rosemary or dried rosemary leaves
- ¼ cup of fresh horse radish, peeled or scrubbed-clean and grated
- 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
- 2 cayenne peppers or spicy jalapenos
- Apple cider vinegar, organic with mother
- 1 tablespoon organic turmeric powder (or fresh turmeric root)
- Pinch of ground black pepper
- Juice and zest from an organic lemon
- ¼ cup of raw honey, to taste
Note: One thing you need to remember about the fire cider recipe is that it is a folk preparation. As such, the ingredients to be used are likely to change each year, and at a time you prefer to make this remedy and the ingredients that are on peak season at that time.
However, its base ingredients include apple cider vinegar, ginger, onion, hot peppers, garlic and horseradish. There are also other possible ingredients or herbs which you can choose to add. Take a look at the alternative list of ingredients below to have an idea.
Some Other Optional Ingredients to Add
- ½ teaspoon of black peppercorns
- Burdock root
- Medicinal herbs, such as Hawthorn, Elder Berries or Schisandra berry
- Fresh tasty herbs such as dill, basil, oregano, savory, parsley, thyme, or marjoram
- Shallots, leeks, green onions
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Mustard seeds
- Cinnamon sticks
- Ginseng root or astragalus
- Elder flowers or hibiscus
- Star anise
- Wash, peel, crush and chop all the ingredients.
- Prepare the fruits, herbs and roots. Place these ingredients in the jar.
- Add the vinegar to the ingredients in the jar until it is full.
- Get the wax paper and cut enough size to be placed between the lid and the top of the quart-sized jar to prevent the lid from rusting due to the vinegar.
- Put the lid tightly on the jar, shake it well and store it in a cool, dark place for a whole month. Shake the jar every day.
- Following the one month period, prepare a clean jar where the stored fire cider vinegar can be poured as the pulp is strained using some cheesecloth.
- Get the strained pulp and start squeezing the liquid from it until there is not much left of the fluids.
- Add honey. Stir until it is well mixed into the fire cider. Make sure to taste your mixture until the desired level of sweetness is achieved.
As you will notice, no amount is listed for the vinegar because it will basically vary on just how much fire cider you will make. But for some guide, you may start from 2 cups/jar.
Store the fire cider you made in a dark place again, like a cabinet, afterwards. Consume a tablespoon of the remedy every day if you wish to use it to help with your immune system. If you got colds or feel like it is starting, just take 3 tablespoons of the fire cider a day. Not too fond of the taste, add fire cider to your tea or sweet green smoothies to mask most of its flavor. You can even use it as a marinade or sauce ingredient.
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