Winter Fire Cider Tonic
FIRE CIDER TONIC WINTER TIME REMEDY FOR COLDS AND FLU
Fire Cider contains a combination of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. The recipe can be adjusted according to what you have available and your taste preference. Each of these ingredients is a superfood all on its own, but together they make an unstoppable force to help ease upset stomachs. A shot of Fire Cider in the morning is just what the herbalist ordered.
Onions and other members of the allium family (like shallots, leeks, and especially garlic) are antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, immune-enhancing, and anti-inflammatory, and they help enhance the action of vitamin C.
Ginger is warming, and it stimulates circulation of the blood so it is used to remove pathogens from the bloodstream. It’s widely used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine to break up congestion in the lungs and nasal passages. Ginger may also be used to help break fevers by warming the body and increasing perspiration. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and can soothe nausea.
Traditionally, herbs and roots are infused in apple cider vinegar to create a fiery tonic that wards off flu, increases circulation, and helps balance hormones. Fire Cider tastes hot, spicy an added sweetness from raw honey makes it enjoyable and soothing to taste. Raw apple cider vinegar packs in plenty of probiotics and amino acids through strands known as “the mother.” Use it to help boost your health and keep hormones in balance.
Other uses include dressing for salads, rice and vegetables.
Ingredients 1 white onion, roughly chopped
1 head of garlic, roughly chopped
2-5 inch piece of ginger, grated
4 oz horseradish
1 small hot pepper of your choice (jalapeno works great)
16 oz. apple cider vinegar
2T raw local honey
1 quart size jar with a plastic lid
Crockpot Method: Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cover with lid and cook on low for four hours. Strain liquid into a jar and stir in optional honey. Secure the lid and store in refrigerator for up to a month.
Traditional Method: Combine all ingredients (except optional raw honey) in a quart-sized jar. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 weeks. Shake up the jar a few times a week, or even daily if you remember. Strain liquid into a jar and stir in honey. Secure the lid and store in refrigerator for up to a month.
Demonstration presented by Herbalist CAPRICE STAGNER of MOTHER HERBACIOUS for FRIEDRICH’S MARKET. www.motherherbaceous.com