In my continuous journey to live more holistically, I have become more aware of not only what I ingest through eating, but also through other means. I am more cognizant of what I put on my skin, what I breathe in my home environment and now, also what I take in pharmaceutically. And I am in good company. With the public becoming more aware of the dangers of flu vaccinations (including headaches, immune suppression, neurologic damage and exposure to mercury) now is a great time to seek out and experiment with natural remedies for cold and flu.

While looking for possible remedies, I came across a couple of posts about Fire Water or Fire Cider. After some researching, this is what I found out:

  • Fire Cider is a traditional medicine that has been used for many years for the benefits of increased energy, immune-boosting and toxin removal.
  • The use of ginger, garlic, onion, cayenne, lemon and raw apple cider vinegar make it a powerful alkalizing agent as well as anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
  • Fire Cider increases circulation, which is very warming to the body and great for people who do not tolerate the cold very well. (This one really got my attention. See my post on this here: http://livitarianslounge.com/2014/11/19/how-to-stay-green-when-nothing-else-is/)
  • It can be taken prophylactically or as a treatment at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms.

There are many different recipes for Fire Cider out there, so I picked a basic one that was simple enough and will still provide the desired benefits. Feel free to add your favorite herbs that may have additional healing benefits. Here is some information about the herbs in this mixture.

    • Mucolytic and expectorant, good for respiratory conditions such as coughs and asthma
    • Opens nasal passages, good for sinus infections
    • Used as an antibiotic, diuretic and digestive
    • Digestive, regulates blood sugar, increases circulation (warming)
    • Carrier herb that enhances the absorption of other herbs
    • Anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant; same relief of inflammation and pain as aspirin, but at lower dosages and without side effects of GI bleeding and immune system compromise
    • Anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant
    • Increases circulation (warming)
    • May lower BP and cholesterol
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Increases circulation (warming)
    • Cleanses and strengthens the liver and gallbladder
    • Protects against infection and inflammation
    • Lowers risk of heart disease
    • Anti-cancer and anti-aging effects
    • Increases circulation (warming)

Fire Cider can be enjoyed as a straight shot (1 tbsp daily or 3 tbsp at onset of symptoms), or as an addition to salad dressings, soups, sauces or green juices!

What you’ll need:

1 quart sized mason jar

½ cup grated or chopped fresh ginger

½ cup chopped onion

1/2 cup grated or chopped fresh horseradish

10 garlic cloves chopped or smashed

1 TBSP organic turmeric powder

¼- 1/2 tsp organic cayenne powder (or you can substitute with fresh chopped pepper of your choice)

zest and juice from 1 organic lemon

Enough raw apple cider vinegar to fill the container

Raw, local honey

What to do:

Prepare all of the ingredients and place them in the mason jar. If necessary, mash them down to have enough space for the vinegar to cover them. Pour in apple cider vinegar to within a 1 inch from the top of the jar and cover with a plastic lid or place a piece of natural parchment paper under the metal lid. Shake well. Let it sit in a cool, dark place (but shake daily) for 4-8 weeks. Once you feel enough extraction has taken place, strain the solid ingredients out through cheesecloth, making sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible into a clean, glass jar. Next add honey to taste.

Simple. Cheap. Natural.

THRIVE in Livity!












For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.


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