Greetings fellow herbal enthusiasts,
Thought I'd jointly embark on a journey into the world of Fire Cider with you. Fire Cider is a potion that not only delights your senses and gives your immune system a boost, but also embraces the age-old wisdom of herbalism. Inspired by the esteemed herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, this fiery elixir offers not just tantalizing tastes, but also a myriad of wellness benefits.
Unearthing Herbal Wisdom
Fire Cider, the name alone evokes visions of ancient herbalists brewing potions over large cauldrons to heal both body and soul. Building on the notion that nature's bounty is ever-changing, it is a living recipe that morphs with the seasons, depending on what's flourishing in your garden (or the nearby wilds.) At its core, you'll find apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers. Yet, the beauty of Fire Cider lies in its adaptability. Add herbs of your choosing, and the possibilities are endless.
It is easy to make and in my most recent creation, I've used my home-grown Horseradish, spicy peppers I'd frozen the prior year and handfuls of aromatic rosemary. I prefer grating fresh organic turmeric (instead of using turmeric powder,) and fresh lemon peel for an added dimension. And I always add some fresh Tulsi (Indian Holy Basil) though you can of course use the dried version too.This elixir becomes a botanical symphony, with each ingredient contributing to its unique blend of healing properties.
- 1 medium organic onion, chopped
- 10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
- 2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
- Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
- 1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root (or organic ginger powder)
- 1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root (or organic horseradish powder)
- 2 Tbsp. freshly grated organic Turmeric root (or organic turmeric powder)
- 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder
- 2 Tbsp. of rosemary leaves dried or fresh (I love rosemay and use a handful)
- 2 Tbsp. dried or fresh organic Tulsi (Indian Holy Basil)
- Organic apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup of raw, local honey, or to taste
- Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized glass jar. If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience!
- Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.
- Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well.
- Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.
- After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquidy goodness as you can from the pulp while straining.
- Next comes the honey. Add and stir until incorporated.
- Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.
Patience, Patience, Patience!
Some herbalists bury their Fire Cider concoction in the earth, letting it steep and transform over time, only to be unearthed during a grand seasonal celebration. While this practice is undoubtedly mystical, I let my concoction steep for a month or so in my pantry and give it a shake or two every day until I feel it's ready to consume!
Reaping the Benefits
Fire Cider is not just about flavor – it's about vitality. The ingredients in this elixir work in harmony to stimulate digestion, boost the immune system, and provide a natural source of warmth, perfect for battling those cold and dreary days. The healing power of garlic, the anti-inflammatory magic of turmeric, and the digestive prowess of ginger combine to create a symphony of herbal wellness, and anecdotal evidence suggests it gives your immune system a much needed boost during the cold and dreary season.
Savoring the Flavors of Fire Cider
Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful for an intense and invigorating experience, or added to your favorite organic veggie juice. Add a Splash into your stir-fries or drizzle it on your salad with extra virgin olive oil for a zesty salad dressing. However you imbibe the tonic, take a tablespoon every day during the cold and flu season to give your immune system a helping hand.
Don't forget that the strained pulp can be mixed into your daily gastronomique masterpieces to give them a little boost too. I share mine with my chickens!!
A Word of Herbal Caution
While Fire Cider is a potent herbal remedy, it's not a cure-all, and this post is not meant to replace medical advice. It's spiciness may not suit every palate and if you're not accustomed to fiery flavors, consider the type and quantity of hot peppers you use, and start with a small dose to see how your body responds.Raise your glass, or your spoon, to the modern delights of Fire Cider and ancient art of Herbalism!