Fiery Fire Cider!
Fiery Fire Cider!
1 medium onion
1 head garlic
2 inches ginger
2 inches horseradish
1 – 2 hot peppers
Apple Cider Vinegar
Pint jar with plastic lid
Mince all ingredients as tiny as possible. A food processor can be used. The smaller the bits, the stronger the medicine! I don’t peel anything as the whole shebang will be strained out. Fill a jar 3/4s full, then fill the the brim with apple cider vinegar. I use unpasteurized, organic and raw. I’m starting with the nutrition of the apple! Tighten a plastic lid or use a couple layers of parchment paper between the cider vinegar and metal lid. Consider changing the parchment paper once a week. Let sit for 3 weeks to a month, then strain and enjoy!
Additions ~ Some people add to their fire cider ingredients:
Turmeric with a bit of crushed black peppercorns
Sprigs of thyme and oregano
Fiery Fire Cider can be used when those around you are dropping with infections, when the little tickle or headache starts, or just because it tastes so dang good! Consider using it as a marinade and as a base for a dipping or grilling sauce.
It’s so important to know how and why the plants in the remedies work so well for people. That gives so much more info than “this herb is good for this malady.” It gives structure to the remedy. It helps to show what herbs will work well together and the best menstrua to extract and preserve the constituents. We know they work, but when we can give the science behind it, it brings greater understanding of how the plants are working the body and allows for tools to talk about herbal medicine with those who might be skeptical.
Fiery Fire Cider’s superpower constituents:
Heat is what our immune system does naturally at the outbreak of an infection. We call that heat a fever. Fevers happen for this reason: viruses and some live bacteria can’t live at high temperatures. Aren’t our bodies amazing? Our immune system knows what’s up. Fiery Fire Cider gives heat in spades!
Onions and garlic contain acetic acid, which is both antibacterial and expectorant, and anthocyanins, both antiviral and anti-inflammatory, giving these herbs the ability to double team bacterial and viral infections and symptoms that arise from them.
Horseradish contain limonene, both antibacterial and antiviral. This hot-cha-cha root also contains the micronutrients magnesium, potassium, and calcium. These micronutrients, aka electrolytes, return vital minerals to the body that may be missing during times of sickness when folks may not be eating well.
While it’s common knowledge that cayenne peppers contain heat producing capsaicin, that they also contain antibacterial ferulic and cinnamic acids is not so well known.
Ginger contains gingerol. Close in action to capsaicin, it also helps to check nausea and vomiting.
Turmeric – if you choose to add a bit of freshly grated turmeric to your fire cider, You’ll be adding terpenes that are antimicrobial, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory. Consider crushing a few black peppercorns to up the medicine!
Hey Hey! You’re a master fire cider maker!
You might notice that you’ll need to make more over the course of the winter. In fact, all year long, as it goes quickly! It’s so versatile and one of my favorites. Be well and let Fiery Fire Cider become a part of your healthy lifestyle! Big love to you!