Fire Cider: A traditional immune system remedy
Let me start by congratulating Rosemary Gladstar and the team of Herbalists who went to court to free the name "Fire Cider" from being trademarked, allowing herbalists like myself to freely make and share the beauty of this traditional remedy without the fear of being sued...
Now, lets talk about Fire Cider!
During this time of the year we are just coming out of the Vata dominated season, Fall, and entering into Kapha's sweet season of Winter. This is a time when we feel cold, heavy, sluggish, achey and begin getting the dreaded and infamous cold and flu.
This remedy consists of pungent herbs, fruits, and veggies that boost our digestive fire, break down the heavy and sluggish stagnation of Kapha, especially in the Respiratory System, and bring warmth and circulation back into the cold, anxious and achey Vata Dosha.
Lets take a look at the ingredients I used.
Jalapeño (they were out)
This blend will help to strengthen our immune system, enhance the action of Vitamin C, relieve inflammation in the body and fight of colds, flus and infections.
Making a batch of fire cider is actually quite easy! All you have to do is chop and dice all of your ingredients, throw them into a mason jar, and top it off with Apple Cider Vinegar. It's literally that simple! This is a traditional folk medicine so you don't need any fancy, specific measurements. Have fun with it and create your own, unique recipes!
You’ll want to let your fire cider mix sit for about 4 to 6 weeks, giving it a generous shake every day, then strain and add honey to taste.
My favorite way to take fire cider is by mixing 1 tbsp into 1 cup of warm water.
*Tip: Place a piece of wax paper underneath the lid of your mason jar to avoid the vinegar eroding the metal*