What’s your go-to cold and flu season remedy?
If we were to raid your medicine cabinet would we be flooded with nasal sprays, cough syrups and flu medication? All that those “chemicals” do are mask the symptoms, but they don’t address the underlying issue.
Let’s try a more natural approach by talking about a medicinal concoction that has been used for generations called FIRE CIDER! I like to call fire cider “everything but the kitchen sink” tonic because it’s packed with health-promoting herbs and vegetables known to boost immunity.
Here’s a little bit about the amazing ingredients and health benefits of fire cider and a super simple recipe following:
- Horseradish – effective against the flu and common cold, tonsillitis, respiratory disorders, urinary tract infections, and pathenogenic fungus.
- Ginger – used to treat arthritis, muscle pain, upset stomach (motion and morning sickness and general nausea), gas, upper respiratory tract infections, and cough.
- Onions – used to boost cardiovascular health, bone and connective tissue benefits, and as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Garlic – used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, atherosclerosis, asthma, building the immune system, help level blood sugar, and is used topically to treat fungal infections.
- Habanero peppers – used to boost your metabolism, and offer headache, sinus, and arthritis relief as well as releasing endorphins.
- Oranges – great for heart health, fighting cholesterol, to help in weight loss, and to break up or prevent kidney stones.
- Lemons – known to aid in digestion, alleviate Meniere’s Disease, kidney stones, and ringing of the ears, cure scurvy (chronic lack of Vitamin C), treat colds and flu, improve the function of blood vessels, and reduce inflammation and retention of water.
- Turmeric – known to delay liver damage, reduce carcinogenic compounds in other foods, make cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo and radiation, inhibit the growth of malignant melanoma and breast cancer, alleviate arthritis symptoms and skin conditions.
- Raw apple cider vinegar (not plain old cider vinegar!) – known to be a good source of acetic and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), mineral salts, amino acids, and other key components of good nutrition, but it is also a well-loved folk remedy thought to ease digestion, fight obesity and diabetes, wash toxins from the body, kill lice, and reverse aging.
- Raw honey (locally produced) is a fantastic, all-natural fighter of seasonal allergies.
Now that you see what an amazing healing elixir Fire Cider is let’s take all of these superfoods and get fermenting……
- Grate the horseradish and ginger roots.
- Roughly chop the onions, orange, lemon, garlic, and habanero peppers.
- Stuff them into a half-gallon glass jar with a tight fitting lid or divide evenly between two quart sized canning jars.
- Sprinkle the turmeric in on top (dividing evenly between the two jars if using quart jars).
- Pour the raw apple cider vinegar in over the contents, allowing it to settle in through the crevices and adding more so that the contents are submerged.
- Lay a piece of parchment paper over the rim of the jar, then screw the lid tightly in place.
- Let the mixture sit in a dark, cool place, allowing it to marry and infuse for 4 weeks, shaking once daily.
After 4 weeks, pour the contents into a muslin or cheesecloth lined colander positioned over a stable pot.
Let it drain for 30 minutes, then gather the corners of the cloth, twisting and squeezing until you cannot release any more liquid.
When it’s fully strained, add honey to the liquid to taste and pour into a sterilized wine bottle or canning jar. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year, shaking well before using.
Happy Cold & Flu Fighting!
The Team at PURE