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Fire Cider With Honey-Why You Should Try It

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Make Your Own Fire Cider With Honey

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.

Herbal ingredients for making fire cider image.

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.

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.

Herbs used in fire cider recipe on an orange plate image.

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.

ingredients for fire cider with honey tonic

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.

Yield: 32 oz

Fire Cider Honey Tonic

fire cider ingredients and honey jar

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.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 21 days
Total Time 21 days 15 minutes


  • 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


  1. Combine the chopped ginger root, sweet onion, horseradish and garlic cloves in the bottom of a glass jar. Sprinkle the dried Thyme on top.

    combined dry ingredients for fire cider recipe
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    storing fire cider in jar


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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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g

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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.

Fire cider ingredients and honey jar image.

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.

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

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.

Beekeeper Charlotte

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