It might seem like everyone around you is coming down with a cold- so it might seem like a better idea to stay home and watch House of Cards for the rest of your life. That sounds lovely. If you figure out a way to do that, let me know. In the mean time, I have a homemade herbal remedy that will boost your immune system and help fight off germs. Behold – the Fire Cider. This tangy tincture includes garlic, horseradish, hot peppers, onions, turmeric and apple cider. All the ingredients, finely chopped and combined in a mason jar, stand and ferment for about two weeks. The strained liquid is called Fire Cider. It is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics as well as an anti-fungal and anti-viral remedy.
A couple of words about the natural properties of the ingredients:
Apple Cider – a good source of vitamin C and acetic acid. It contains mineral salts, amino acids, helps with digestion and washes out toxins. (If you read my Bone Broth recipe, you know the importance of using apple cider to draw out nutrients from other foods).
Garlic – treats high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fungal infections, and helps regulate blood sugar. It is also great for boosting the immune system.
Onion – an anti-inflammatory and beneficial to cardiovascular health.
Hot Peppers – anti irritant properties. They can help digestion, ease allergies, prevent migraines and speed up metabolism.
Ginger – reduces inflammation, stimulates circulation, and inhibits rhinovirus – which causes the common cold. It also benefits the intestinal tract and may prevent stomach ulcers.
Horseradish – has antibiotic properties, helps relieve symptoms of water retention, and treats sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and bronchitis.
Turmeric Powder – boosts immunity, helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, puts the brakes on aging, is anti-inflammatory, and has beneficial effects on arthritis, allergies, asthma and even cancer.
Now the taste of Fire Cider may at first be surprising. It has a strong kick to it and the first unsuspecting spoonful made my eyes water. Personally, I happen to love the apple cider vinegar taste and the potency makes it seem like the germs and bacteria are burning away. Start with a tablespoon a day, and slowly work your way up to a small 1 oz shot. Take once daily as a prophylactic and immune strengthening aid. Increase intake slightly if you are actually under the weather, but remember to still work your way up to the full dose. Bottoms up!!
4 cups organic apple cider (raw is better if you can find it)
¼ cup finely chopped garlic
½ finely chopped onion
¼ cup grated ginger
¼ cup grated horseradish
2 fresh hot peppers (habanera, or cayenne work well)
2 tbsp turmeric powder
1. Combine and mix all ingredients (except for vinegar) in a bowl.
2. Transfer the ingredients into a Mason jar, and add apple cider vinegar.
3. Place a piece of parchment paper over the jar, before placing the lid on. This will prevent rusting.
4. Shake vigorously.
5. Place the jar in a cool place, and let stand for at least 2 weeks. Make sure to give it a good shake a few times a day.
6. After 2 weeks, strain the liquid using a metal strain.
7. Refrigerate in an airtight container. The tonic will last for up to 6 months.