fire cider: immune boosting, flu fighting tonic
with winter just around the corner i thought i'd share one of my favourite things to make every year... fire cider. what is fire cider? it is an old folk remedy/tonic taken to fight off sickness, help respiratory problems, aid digestion, detoxify the body and boost immunity among so many other uses.
there are many recipes out there but they all revolve around the same premise, a concentration of garlic, onions, chillies, ginger and other seasonal herbs and vegetables that soak in apple cider vinegar for a few weeks to create a potent tonic. i like to add a little beetroot to mine which isn't super common. beetroot adds that extra antioxidant boost and i also like to include fresh parsley which is high in iron and vitamin c and used as a blood purifier.
i can definitely say since taking this over the last few years, i get sick a lost less often during winter. if i feel a cold coming on, i take a little spoonful and i can feel it literally burning (in a good way!) and fighting away any congestion, bacteria and viruses straight away. i also love the taste and sometimes use it to flavour my cooking. it can be used in salad dressings, juices, soups, teas and even on meat and vegetables.
it is very important that all ingredients be of the highest quality, local and organic where possible. portions and amounts are a guide and can be altered to suit your personal preferences
INGREDIENTS (1 jar)
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 onion
- 1-2 fresh jalapenos
- 3 tbsp fresh ginger
- 3 tbsp fresh turmeric
- 3 tbsp horseradish
- 1 beetroot
- 1 handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
- raw, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp raw organic honey (optional)
1 / wash, peel, cut and prepare all ingredients (except honey and vinegar) and place in a jar, then pour in apple cider vinegar, leaving at least 4 cm room at the top. seal and shake. leave in a cool dark place for 2-4 weeks (i store it in my pantry), shaking every day or two and opening the lid to release any air
2 / once the 2-4 weeks is up, strain mixture into another fresh jar and, if you choose to, add in honey. store in the fridge for up to 6 months. take a spoonful everyday or whenever you feel a flu, cold or virus coming on. can be taken up to 3 times a day when very ill.