Fire cider is a traditional herbal remedy with a long history of use in folk medicine. This infused vinegar combines spicy herbs that increase circulation and stimulate the metabolism with pungent, sour vinegar and sweet, soothing honey.
Fire cider can be taken regularly as a tonic or used as needed to prevent or support recovery from a cold or flu, to clear upper and lower respiratory congestion, to increase circulation, and to enhance immunity. It is also a potent, warming digestive aid.
Turmeric makes a flavorful addition; it supports liver function and digestion.
A few recipe notes from Bill Bradley, R.D. (Mediterranean Living):
This recipe takes 4 weeks to make so plan ahead! We like to have some on hand for cold and flu season so we make it months ahead of time.
Don’t add honey until the 4 weeks are done.
Make your fire cider in a glass jar with a non-metal lid, We always make our fire cider in a glass mason jar. Since we only have metal lids, we cut a piece of parchment or wax paper that will fit over the top of the jar and then we screw the metal lid onto the paper. This makes a barrier between the fire cider and the metal.
Be prepared when you drink it! It packs a wallop. It may take some getting used to if you haven’t had it before. I love it now, but I still sometimes dilute it with some water. You only need a small amount (like a tablespoon).
Brittany Wood Nickerson is a practicing herbalist, health educator and cook. She combines knowledge of nutrition and a passion for using food as medicine with her training in Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine. Her treatment and teaching approach emphasize personal empowerment, preventative home healthcare and whole body wellness. Brittany is the owner and primary instructor of Thyme Herbal in Western Massachusetts where she teaches a three year Herbal Apprenticeship Program, as well as courses in herbal cooking and homesteading. She teaches women’s health at the University of Massachusetts and is the organizer of the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Meet-up group.