Are you looking forward to cold and flu season? No, those very words are dreadful right? Who enjoys days of laying-around with a runny nose, and a sore throat with a box of kleenex’s never more than arms reach way? Or better yet when your kids feel that way? Nope. No one. Ever. Cold weather may take its toll at times and be a catalyst for spreading illness, but it doesn’t have to be. Remember those garden fresh veggies? Why not turn them into a natural, super-powered healing elixir? A natural, homemade, antibiotic of sorts. Fire cider, curing a common cold faster, the way our ancestors did, without pharmaceutical antibiotics that destroy gut health.
Fire cider, this once forgotten age-old cure is having a powerful comeback. Even though fire cider is nothing new, you may not have heard of it, because well, with less than $20 worth of groceries you can keep your family cured of all cold and flu symptoms for years, and what healthcare industry makes money there? Fire cider benefits are not just helping to your wallet, it also keeps harmful prescription antibiotics from damaging your gut health, which science is now calling your second brain.
Fire cider was a very common homemade household item in generations past. The reason it was so common is because it is so easy to make. With a few home-grown veggies, apple cider vinegar and a little honey and voila, you have a very potent, illness curing drink.
How To Make Fire Cider
To make fire cider you only need a few garden fresh, or store-bought veggies, (for the most benefit, just make sure they are organic). You will also need a large glass jar like a half-gallon or two-quart jars, apple cider vinegar, and honey.
I made two batches here a half-gallon of the full recipe and two quarts of the more child-friendly less hot version.
Fire Cider Recipe
5 inch horseradish root
5 inch ginger root
4-5 hot peppers (jalapeno, habanero, serrano, black Hungarian pepper or similar, for child-friendly leave peppers out)
1-2 Tbsp ground turmeric
*optional* handful of echinacea (a variety of roots leaves and flowers works best)
1/4 to 1/2 C. honey
Cut or quarter the lemon, roughly chop the onion and peppers, peel garlic. Peel and shred horseradish and ginger root. Combine all ingredients in the half-gallon jar or evenly split between two-quart jars. Add your ground turmeric on top. Fill the jar(s) with organic raw apple cider vinegar.
Cover your jars and set them out of direct sunlight for a month to 6 weeks, remembering to shake occasionally.
After the 4-6 weeks, your fire cider is ready to strain, sweeten and bottle.
line a strainer with cheesecloth.
Transfer your fire cider to your cheesecloth-lined strainer, over a big pot. Just a little forewarning, your garlic will likely turn a green-blue color. No need to panic, that is a normal chemical process the garlic goes through when its submerged in apple cider vinegar. Give the mixture several minutes to fully drain out, squeeze out any extra out of cheesecloth if needed. Stir desired amount of honey into your strained fire cider. I always like to add a little more honey to the kid-friendly version.
Your fire cider is ready to bottle (in a glass bottle or jar of course) and store in a cool, dark place.
Homemade Fire Cider
- one 1/2 gallon size jar or 2 quart-sized jars
- 1 onion
- 12 garlic
- 5- inch horseradish root
- 5- inch ginger root
- 1 lemon
- 4-5 hot peppers jalapeno, habanero, serrano, black Hungarian pepper or similar, for child-friendly, leave peppers out
- 1-2 Tbsp ground turmeric
- *optional* handful of echinacea a variety of roots leaves and flowers works best
- 1/4 to 1/2 C. honey
- Cut or quarter the lemon, roughly chop the onion and peppers, peel garlic. Peel and shred horseradish and ginger root.
- Combine all ingredients in the half-gallon jar or evenly split between two-quart jars. Add your ground turmeric on top. Fill the jar(s) with organic raw apple cider vinegar.
- Cover your jars and set them out of direct sunlight for a month to 6 weeks, remembering to shake daily.
- After the 4-6 weeks, your fire cider is ready to strain, sweeten and bottle.
- line a strainer with cheesecloth.
- Transfer your fire cider to your cheesecloth-lined strainer, over a big pot. Your garlic will likely turn a green-blue color. This is a normal chemical process the garlic goes through when its submerged in apple cider vinegar. Give the mixture several minutes to fully drain out, squeeze out any extra out of cheesecloth if needed.
- Stir desired amount of honey into your strained fire cider. Adding a little extra honey to the kid-friendly version is a good idea.
- Bottle your fire cider and store in a cool dry place
How To Use Fire Cider
Fire cider benefits are many with exactly ZERO negative side effects. So the first time you feel anything coming on the scratchy throat, achy body, cold or flu headaches, start taking a shot glass of fire cider a few times or more a day. And your symptoms will be gone before you even know it.
I am sure you hate to feel “under the weather”, but no matter how hard we try, we will always come in contact with germs. What would you rather do? Go to the doctor, spend way too much and come home with an antibiotic that will destroy your gut health or… take a healthy, age-old remedy, protect your healthy gut and use your amazing immune system the way it was intended to be used? Right its a no-brainer!
Fire cider is nothing new, but it works. This amazing mixture of immune-boosting, anti-viral, antioxidant-filled fruit, veggies, and herbs can cure just about everything (except death). So the next time old-man-winter comes knocking on your door, you don’t have to be afraid to answer. With your fire cider cure you and ‘cold & flu season’ will have no problems at all ♡♡♡
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Beth is a mother of 6 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.