Fire Cider: Extreme Health Tonic

Fear not! This bold home remedy is not only packed with health-supporting properties, it packs a flavor punch you just might love.

Fire Cider

Homemade Fire Cider Health Tonic

Everything old is new again, right? If you’ve never tried a health tonic, there’s no time like the present, what with all manner of viruses and other seasonal maladies flying around. This potent fire cider is reputed to be warming and energizing, immune-boosting, great for relieving congestion and even a digestive aid. But on top of its health-enhancing properties, throngs of fire cider lovers enjoy its flavor enough to not just throw it back like a shot, but mixing it into lemonade or OJ, putting it in salad dressings in place of vinegar alone, using a few dashes in cocktails, adding it to chili, soups and stew for an extra kick.

If you like video tutorials, check out old school herbal goddess Rosemary Gladstar brewing up a batch. She recommends taking a tablespoon or two when you feel a cold coming on, and then if it sets in, repeat every 3 or 4 hours until symptoms begin to subside. To get the benefit for cold an flu season, make this now, since you want this to steep for at least a few weeks to get the most bang out of it! (And wear goggles when you grate the horseradish. YOW!)  


1 medium onion, chopped
1 head garlic, cloves peeled and smashed
1/4 cup fresh ginger, grated
1/4 cup fresh turmeric root, grated (or 1 tablespoon ground turmeric)
1/2 cup fresh horseradish, grated
1 or 2 habanero chiles, chopped
zest and juice of 1 orange
zest and juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup fresh parsley
2 sprigs rosemary
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
approximately 3 cups apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup raw honey

Add all vegetables, orange and lemons, herbs to a quart-sized mason jar. Pour the apple cider over it all – Bragg’s is the best if possible, as it has “the mother” (all the fermented goodness),  but any brand will work. Cover top with wax paper and secure the ring around the top. Steep for up to 4 weeks, giving the mixture an occasional shake and making sure the vegetables are still submerged in liquid (some like to use a weight for this).

When you’re ready, strain the liquid into another container and stir in the raw honey. Refrigerate and use however you like! It’ll keep for up to a year.

Other health tonics from fellow food bloggers:

Lemon Cold Remedy from Healthy Blender Recipes
Beet Kvass from Nourishing Gourmet
Happy Tummy Tonic from Kellie’s Food To Glow
Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon Tea from Sense and Serendipity
Spring Tonic Soup with Wild Greens from Healthy Green Kitchen

— posted by Anne

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