Make Your Own Fire Cider With Honey
As colder weather approaches, those nasty coughs and sniffles will make their appearance. And, while there is no way to avoid every illness, we can strive to boost our immune system. This is where the use of Fire Cider Honey Tonic can be beneficial.
What is Fire Cider?
Fire Cider is a colorful name for an herbal tonic but what is it?
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.
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 if Fire Cider. Those ingredients demand a bold and remember-able name.
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.
How to Use Fire Cider Honey Tonic
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.
- 3 ounces of chopped ginger root
- 3 ounces of chopped sweet onion
- 1 1/2 ounces of garlic cloves - peeled
- 1 1/2 ounces of chopped Horseradish Root
- 2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1 Tablespoon of 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
The solid (chopped ingredients will be added to a glass quart jar. Topped with apple cider vinegar – the mixture is allow to infuse.
Kept in a warm location but not in the sun, give the jar a gently shake every day. After 3 -4 weeks, the Apple Cider Vinegar will be removed.
You don’t need the solids, they have done their job and can be composted or discarded.
For the last step, add 1/2 cup of honey to your fire cider liquid. The addition of honey sweetens the tonic and makes it more palatable.
Your fire cider honey tonic is ready to use. It will last several months at room temperature and over a year in the refrigerator.
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.
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