Natural remedies to common minor health issues are becoming more popular, and most of them are simple enough to make at home. Fire cider is one of the remedies that is trending due to it being known to improve a vast majority of common ailments such as colds and digestive health. Herbalists recommend taking it during a cold to reduce symptoms, or can be taken year long as an anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting supplement. Fire cider users notice a decrease in congestion, increased circulation, and fewer digestive flare-ups for those with gut health issues. Here are 43 more natural remedies you can make at home.
What exactly is this cure-all drink? Fire cider is a spicy sweet vinegar drink that is flavored with root vegetables, citrus, spices, hot peppers, and honey. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is used as the base. It is meant to be taken in one tablespoon increments, two to three times per day when needed. Due to the potency of the drink it is not recommended to drink straight. Instead, add to smoothies, juice, seltzer, tea, or simply water in down. You may also reap the benefits by making it into a marinade for meats, salad dressings, or anywhere vinegar would typically be used in cooking.
For such a versatile and complex health drink, fire cider can easily be made at home with readily available ingredients.
Here’s what you will need:
- One quart sized glass jar
- Wax paper
- Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Raw honey, to taste
- ½ cup horseradish root, peeled and diced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
- 1 cup ginger root, peeled and diced
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- Juice and zest of two lemons
- ¼ cup crushed garlic cloves
The first step in making fire cider is to prep the ingredients. Be sure to wash hands thoroughly after handling hot peppers.
Next, add the lemon zest and juice (extract zest using a peeler), peppers, and garlic to the bottom of the jar. Then place the heavier root vegetables on top, which is the remaining ginger, onion, and horseradish.
Pour the apple cider vinegar on top until all contents in the jar are covered. This will ensure that none of the ingredients will spoil in the following step.
Line the lid with wax paper so the metal does not corrode. Seal the jar and place in a cool dark place (such as a kitchen cabinet) for 2-4 weeks to mature before consumption, allowing the ingredients to fully infuse into the vinegar.
When ready, shake well and then strain the roots out with a sieve. Add honey to sweeten. Honey has a multitude of survival uses.
For other variations, you can swap out half of the ginger with turmeric to receive more gut health benefits. For added flavor, whole peppercorns may be included along with fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary. Enjoy, in good health!
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