Posted by: godshealingplants | November 19, 2012

FIRE CIDER – Is a Traditional Cold Remedy

Fire Cider is a traditional cold remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers makes this recipe especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.

Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it and what’s growing around you. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, but there are plenty of other herbs that can be thrown in for added kick.

Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to organic veggie juice, splashed in fried rice, or drizzled on a salad with good olive oil. You can also save the strained pulp and mix it with shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and fresh herbs to make delicious and aromatic stir-fries and spring rolls! It is a great idea to take 1 tbsp each morning to help warm up and rev the immune system, or to take 3 tbsp at the first sign of a cold.


1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root

1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root

1 medium organic onion, chopped

10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped

2 organic jalapeño peppers, chopped

Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon

Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves

1 tbsp organic turmeric powder

Organic apple cider vinegar

Raw local honey to taste.


Prepare all of your cold-fighting roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized jar. If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience! Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one 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 liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup of honey if needed, until you reach the desired sweetness.


These herbs and spices would make a wonderful addition to your Fire Cider creations: Thyme, Cayenne, Rosehips, Ginseng, Orange, Grapefruit,  Parsley, Burdock, Oregano, Peppercorns


This article is compliments of Mountain Rose Herbs and is filled with links to their site, where you can buy these wonderful organic herbs.



  1. As I look at this remedy for a cold I am concerned with my consumption of Apple cider vinegar that is not highly recommended for me as a Type A blood person who should not be taking a lot of acidic drinks in their normal diet. How would it go if I was to just put in lemon juice and honey instead of the apple cider vinegar which might bring indigestion on me with its heaviness and acidity.

    • Hi Alan:
      I have tried to search if there is any way to make the “fire cider” without vinegar and I found none. If you are looking for a cold remedy you can cut an onion very fine and mince a couple of cloves of garlic and place it in a iron skillet and cover it with honey. Place it on the stove at the lowest heating and let it simmer slowly for an hour or more. Let it cool down and place the contents in a glass jar. You can use the syrup for coughs and also to prevent a cold.

      Hope this helps. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, God’s Healing Plants

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