How would I describe Fire Cider?....."An explosion in your mouth, with a slightly numbing fiery after-burn for a few seconds"
Fire cider can put up a good fight up against your common cold and flu that's for sure! Containing strong antiviral and antibacterial strains along with it being antifungal and antimicrobial for fighting microbe overgrowths such as candida.
Fire cider is a long known Immunity Tonic made by infusing healing ingredients such as garlic, ginger, turmeric and chilli to name a few. Fire cider has been used for the prevention and treatment of illness for a long time and believed to be created by Rosemary Gladstar in the 1970s. Antibiotics most definitely play a great roll in treating some nasty illnesses that are bacteria born but for the common cold and flu, which are usually virus strains they won’t give it a nudge and only wreak havoc on your microbiome (the good bacteria in your body) causing other microbe imbalances like an overgrowth of candida, yeast, fungus or mold along with contributing to immune suppression. And I might just mention apple cider vinegar and fire cider are shown to actually help with candida and fungal overgrowth so with this Tonic will not only help beat the colds but you can bring down the candida invasion in your body that many people in our society are struggling with.
I first came across fire cider while travelling in the USA and picked up some to prevent myself and my partner from getting ill at the end of our 2-month adventure. It did wonders in keeping our immunity up but I also noticed it cleared my skin and dropped my water weight!?. I didn’t really think about it again until last winter when I got ill with the flu and I realised I had been putting little to no effort into preventing getting sick (Well obviously I was eating well but these days bacteria and viruses are very strong and even the healthy can get ill, it may not for as long but we can still get it, we are not immortals lol) I was too busy and all of a sudden its winter and I have the flu. Which sucked. Trying to look after sick children and a sick fiancée while you cant move a limb without wanting to cry was a little tough haha. So this year I’m trying to prevent that by putting in more effort into the prevention instead of trying to cure an illness.
Enter Fire-cider, this stuff rocks. It just about feels like its gonna burn your head off but it's only a few seconds and you feel stronger after it! Kind of like childbirth? Yes, exactly like childbirth. Ohhh the burn of the head crowning, I can just feel it haha.
Ok, I’m sorry to paint the worst picture of a Fire-cider shot. Let me assure you that it is about a million zillion times easier than childbirth.
The main ingredient in this tonic is Apple cider vinegar which also helps balance your stomach pH by neutralising stomach acid which helps you absorb and transport key nutrients around the body from the stomach, it also acts as a digestive aid which helps break your food down throughout your digestive system. It is absolute liquid gold that I am grateful for.
It is very simple to make so let's get started
Items you will need
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- 1-litre large glass jar with a good seal (rubber seal and glass preferably) cider can corrode metals and plastic is a no-no for this one.
- Cheesecloth (optional if using a metal lid or mason jar)
- Shot glasses or medicine cups
- Nut milk bag or cheesecloth for straining
- Patience (while you wait for it to infuse)
- 1 orange
- 1 red onion
- 1 finger length of ginger
- 1 finger length of turmeric
- 1 entire head of garlic, usually around 6 garlic cloves
- 1 -2 tbs of cayenne pepper powder (try one first and if that's spicy enough then leave it at that if you want an extra immune kick add one more)
- 2 tbs Manuka honey (optional)
- 600+ MLS of apple cider vinegar
- Should fit in a 1-litre jar
- Wash all ingredients
- chop ingredients the way you like, some people like them super fine and others like thicker chunkier pieces)
- Add all chopped ingredients into your clean glass jar
- Pour the apple cider vinegar over the top until its the chopped ingredients are covered
- Place the lid on top (if using a mason jar lid you can screw the metal lid on with the cheesecloth underneath so the cider never touches the metal)
- place in the pantry for 3 weeks, stirring occasionally)
- After time to infuse the mixture is ready to strain
- Pour through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth over a jug or bowl to catch the liquid
- Store at room temperature with a tight lid on your bench top during the cooler months to shot once a day to boost immunity
Get creative with the ingredients and play around based on your tastes and what you have on hand. There are many different recipes for fire cider so check them out across the internet! Many people have issues with garlic and onion which I can understand but do try this as it is a fermented tonic and you are not eating the entire onion and garlic with its fibre attached so you may find you have no issues with is what so ever, the healing benefits of the garlic and onion are beyond so it may be worth a try.
Consult your doctor, If you are taking blood-thinning medications. Many of the ingredients in fire cider can interfere with these medications.
Say this to yourself in your head while you are taking a shot of fire cider - ‘By taking this fire cider I'm boosting my immune system, preventing taking antibiotics, preventing sick days, preventing sharing illness with others, preventing that pain in the ass it is to be sick!
While it's good to take a shot 1-3 times a day at the onset of a cold, it's also great to take ‘every other day’ for an immune boost.
I hope you love this version of Fire Cider and it helps you tackle those pesky illnesses that can beat us down during the winter!
Please be sure to let me know if you any feedback after making the recipe.
Loni Jane x