Today is World Fire Cider Making Day, so we're joining the herbalists around the world in whipping up a batch of this fiery, stimulating traditional remedy. Ironically, I have a bit of a cold today, so please excuse my dry, scratchy, nasal-toned voice in the video. Apparently I didn't take my fire cider this season. ;)
Each herbalist tends to take this traditional formula and play with the recipe a bit until it becomes their own, so you'll find a lot of variations of it in books and on the web. Ingredients tend to vary based on the location of the herbalist and which season it is. You'll notice that I've left out Horseradish root, one of the main ingredients in traditional fire cider, because I was unable to source it organically this year. (We're a 100% organic household.) No worries - use what you have available!
The main focus of the formula is to create a fiery, sweet immune boosting tonic that can be taken in small amounts when you feel like you might be getting sick or just need a little extra immune support. You can take it straight or add it to soups or salad dressings. Ready to make some of your own?
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A BIT ABOUT THE HERBS
Most of you will recognize Garlic as the 'poor man's penicillin.' It's extremely valuable for fighting bacteria and helps boost the immune system by stimulating white blood cell production.
Highly anti-inflammatory, Ginger also helps to soothe nausea.
Another anti-inflammatory herb, Turmeric is often used to help support the body when dealing with coughs and colds.
Rosemary is uplifting and helps to relieve pain and ease headaches. It's also a circulatory stimulant.
Thyme is rich in immune-enhancing antioxidants and can be helpful for fighting infection.
A warming herb that stimulates digestive enzymes and circulation, Cayenne is good for general aches and pains. It also contains capsaicin, which tells the brain to release the 'happy hormones' known as endorphins.
Enjoy your remedy-making!