Horseradish root: pungent, deeply heating, has long been used as a diuretic, antibacterial and antiviral, aids digestion and stimulates the release of enzymes to help break down food.
Apple cider vinegar: helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level, increases energy, fights infection, detoxifies the body and liver, stimulates cardiovascular circulation, breaks up mucous throughout the body, cleanses the lymph nodes and reduces congestion.
Ginger: traditional stomach soother, relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract, immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric: anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the major cause of aging, many diseases, cancer, and arthritis. Increasing the amount of anti-inflammatory ingredients in your diet (like turmeric, ginger, and omega-3 fatty acids) will help you stay young, vibrant, fresh, and active!
Raw honey: an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant. Keeps things (i.e. infections) from growing in the body. It is important to buy raw honey because it has not been heated or processed and, therefore, still contains all of its sweet minerals, phytonutrients, and antibacterial powers.
Oranges & lemons: antioxidant, antibiotic, contains vitamin C, helps absorb iron into the blood.
1 quart apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s brand)
1/2 cup fresh horseradish root, grated
5-6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of onion, chopped
1/2 cup of fresh ginger root, grated
1/4 cup of fresh turmeric root, grated (if this is hard to find just omit and use turmeric powder in your other dishes)
juice of two oranges
juice of two lemons
1/4 cup of raw honey, dissolved in warm water
Place all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a large glass jar (or separate evenly into several smaller glass jars). Mix with a wooden spoon to incorporate all ingredients. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the ingredients, give it a stir, and seal the glass jar(s) tightly. Place in the fridge, let steep for 4-6 weeks, and enjoy a shot or two daily!
The brand of fire cider I used to buy before making my own. Great stuff but it gets pricey!
*4-6 weeks seems to be the ample amount of time to let the cider steep in order to get the most benefits and flavor from it, however, you can make a big batch and start taking it right away. The good news is, it will get even better and more potent with each day you take it!
*I like to take a neat shot of fire cider in the morning after my tea and before I’ve had my coffee. I don’t mind the strong flavor but it can be a little offensive to some so try adding more honey or maple syrup to your shot. I take 1-2 shots in the morning as preventative medicine.
*Fire cider is also great in marinades, dressings, Bloody Marys, or to add some zest to a big glass of lemon honey water.
Cheers to your health and keeping every piece of you warm these winter months,