I love that there are so many wonderful ways we can boost our immune systems. One of the really popular ones that I'm seeing posts and ads about right now is FireCider. I wanted to jump on this bandwagon and recommend it because it’s one of my favorite remedies to make. It’s super easy and wildly powerful. In the past when I have felt on the verge of getting sick, a few shots of this perks me right up. The way we take care of our bodies is in our daily routine and a daily shot of this fire packs a powerful immune boosting punch. Exercise and eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is by far the most effective way to prepare for sickness, but when we need to take extra measures we can make FireCider. Plus it’s absolutely delicious. If a shot of this is just not your thing, it can be used in all kinds of delicious recipes.
Fire cider is a traditional remedy that has been used to boost the immune system and help aid the upper respiratory system for ages. It's an old folk remedy that doesn't have a known origin. It has been passed down from one herbalist to the next. In the 80’s Rosemary Gladstar reintroduced the world to this remedy and has been the leading pioneer in continuing it’s legacy. It consists of medicinal herbs and roots infused into Apple Cider Vinegar. This infusion can be formulated with all kinds of different herbs but there are some very important basic ingredients that give this concoction it’s potent and tasty magic. I have added only a small touch of the information and health benefits these ingredients have but they are not limited to. The list of health benefits could take up the space of a textbook.
Garlic- Historically, garlic has been used to ward off illnesses, fight infections, and treat wounds. It’s packed full of vitamins B and C, manganese, selenium, iron, copper and potassium. Garlic may be small but what it lacks in size it makes up with health benefits. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/
Horseradish- Traditionally used as a spicy condiment this root can be used medicinally as well. It contains glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, which studies have shown they may protect against cancer, fight bacterial and fungal infections, and improve breathing issues. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18458837
Ginger- Is known to aid in digestion and is full of antioxidants that can help fight against disease and cancer. It’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce pain and it’s antimicrobial and antifungal properties help fight infections and boost your immunity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/
Onions- Contain large amounts antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels — all of which may lower heart disease risk. Their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots. Studies have shown onions and those in it’s family to be anti tumor and anti cancer. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4366009/
Hot peppers/Cayenne-Capsaicin, an ingredient in cayenne pepper, may help with: relieving pain, managing weight, easing itching, reducing inflammation, treating colds and congestion, protecting the nervous system. It has several antioxidants helping remove free radicals. It’s antioxidant rich properties offer a wide range of health benefits by removing free radicals and toxic chemicals from the body. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6272969/
Apple cider vinegar- Several studies indicate that apple cider vinegar has the potential to help treat a range of conditions, including, digestion, weight loss, heart disease, cancer, and bacterial infections. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214799316300479?via%3Dihub
FireCider is very versatile and there are so many other herbs, roots and citrus peels that you can add to the above ingredients to get your desired taste and strength. Some people like it very spicy and others like it less spicy, so don’t hesitate to experiment till you get it just right. You can use this elixir as a fresh or noodle salad dressing, a vegetable braise, mix it up with a balsamic and make it work for you.
All you need to do is get the ingredients, chop it up nice and evenly, mix it all together, fill a few quart glass mason jars a little over half way with the mix and then pour the vinegar over it till its completely covering it by an inch or two. Place the jar in a dark, cool place and let it sit for 2-8 weeks. Shake it every day. Strain the mix and you can either discard or reuse herbs and roots. I love to eat them because they are a delicious pickled treat. Yuu can also juice them. Fire cider has a 1 year shelf life and can be stored in a very cool dark place or refrigerator. I prefer the refrigerator. Below is this year's new hyped up ingredients list for my cider.
Fire Cider “High On Herbs” 2020
Ingredients: *Apple Cider Vinegar, ^Yellow Burdock Root, ^Calendula Flowers, ^Chamomile Flowers, ^Dandelion Root, ^Echinacea Flowers, ^English Thyme, *Garlic, *Ginger Root, ^Horseradish Root, ^Lemonbalm, Onion, ^Orange Balsam Thyme, *Red Chillies, +Red Clover Petals, +Rosehips, ^Rosemary, ^Sage, +Stinging Nettle, *Turmeric & * Love.
Key: *=Organic ^Home Grown Organically +=Ethically Wild Gathered
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