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Fire Cider With Honey-Why You Should Try It

You may like to have some fire cider with honey on hand as the weather cools. Those nasty coughs and sniffles are sure to make their appearance. And, while there is no way to avoid every illness, we can strive to boost our immune system. Honey is often a part of natural remedies.

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What is Fire Cider With Honey?

Fire Cider is a colorful name for an herbal tonic but what is it?

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In the mid- seventies, a famous herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar developed the first Fire Cider recipe. A homemade concoction of ingredients to promote better health.

Taken regularly during Winter, it was believed to boost your bodies efforts to fight off sickness. By providing immune system support, your healthier body would get sick less often.

This herbal remedy grew a large following quickly. Home herbalists loved the effectiveness and simplicity of the recipe. Folks wanted to try it and see if it would work for their family.

Ms Gladstar’s original recipe was a strong mixture of onion, ginger, horseradish, cayenne pepper and garlic.

It is easy to understand why she called it Fire Cider. Those ingredients demand a bold and remember-able name – even with the addition of sweet honey.

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Today, there are many variations of the fire cider honey tonic recipe. Some people add turmeric or hot chili pepper to their recipe. Others include lemon, thyme and other herbs. You are free to experiment.

Herbal Remedy: Benefits of Using Fire Cider Honey Tonic

This honey tonic is intended to promote good health and well-being. A boost to the immune system reduces your chance of being ill.

Remember, nothing is guaranteed or prevent a cold or the flu. However, a healthy body will have a much better chance to fend off sickness.

Those who consume the tonic believe they experience fewer colds. Or, if they do get sick – they think it helps them feel better quicker.

This is not a proven medical treatment for any condition. But, herbal remedies like Fire Cider Honey Tonic date back through the ages.

Some of them must have a bit of validity to be able to survive for so long.

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Fire Cider Honey Tonic

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Fire Cider Honey Tonic is an herbal home remedy believed to promote better health.
Made with natural ingredients, this spicy tonic packs a big punch against colds and coughs.
Home herbalists believe it helps our immune systems fight off illness. Fire Cider requires a few weeks to mature but it is easy to make.
4.72 from 7 votes


  • large jar with lid


  • 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 ounces ginger root
  • 3 ounces chopped sweet onion
  • 1 1/2 ounces garlic cloves – peeled
  • 1 1/2 ounces chopped Horseradish Root
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Thyme


  • Combine the chopped ginger root, sweet onion, horseradish and garlic cloves in the bottom of a glass jar. Sprinkle the dried Thyme on top.
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  • Add enough Apple Cider Vinegar to cover the ingredients. Put a lid on the jar and shake briskly. Put the sealed jar in a room temperature spot where you can give it a little shake daily.
    Vinegar added to honey fire cider recipe image.
  • After 3 -4 weeks, strain the liquid from the solids. Discard the solid materials. Add 1/2 cup of honey to the liquid – it is ready to use. Store in a tightly sealed jar. Kept in the refrigerator it will last up to a year.
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The most common dose of Fire Cider Honey Tonic is 2 Tablespoon per day. Dilute in water before drinking or add it to a cup of tea or coffee.
*You should always consult your doctor before taking any herbal remedy.

Using and Storing Your Fire Cider

Those wishing to boost natural immunity take 2 Tablespoons per day. This is a general way to use the tonic.

However, If you think you have a cold coming on, 3 or 4 small doses throughout the day are a good idea.

Always dilute the recipe with water before drinking. And, there are other ways to incorporate Fire Cider Honey Tonic into your diet.

If you don’t want to “guzzle” it down, add a spoon to your favorite cup of hot tea.

This vinegar-based liquid also functions well in your favorite vinaigrette recipes. Try a little in your next soup or salad. It makes a good marinade too.

Your fire cider honey tonic is ready to use. It will last several months at room temperature and over a year in the refrigerator.

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The use of honey for better health is a common practice. Honey with cinnamon added is another popular health regime for cold relief.

I hope you enjoy trying this Fire Cider Honey Tonic Herbal Remedy during the cold and flu season this year. Perhaps you will create some new combinations to make it even better.

Medical Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Consult your doctor before trying this or any herbal remedy. Just because it is natural – does not mean it is safe for everyone.

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