Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 1/15/2014 to Healthy Recipes
In my opinion, no kitchen should be without fire cider!
For me Fire Cider is a tonic.
I take small amounts of it daily as an inexpensive, effective way to treat or stave off colds & to break up congestion.
Some of the benefits of Fire Cider's ingredients include:
- The antibacterial properties of Horseradish have been used to fight bacteria. Horseradish strongly stimulates the digestive system by, increasing gastric secretions. It's a good diuretic that promotes perspiration, making it useful in fevers, colds, and flu. Horseradish is also an expectorant and mildly antibiotic, and can be of use in both respiratory and urinary tract infections.
- Ginger is fabulous for its ability to warm the stomach, to ease nausea and to fight off colds, chills and coughs. Ginger is useful for all types of congestion in the body in addition to helping the circulation. Raw garlic supports the immune function and opens the pores of the skin to lower a fever. This herb's antibacterial and antimicrobial properties make it useful for bladder and kidney infections, yeast infections, and ear infections.
- Cayenne is useful for increasing circulation and to get mucous flowing. This herb is an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant. It is used as a digestive aid to stimulate gastric juices. Many people report relief from migraines with this herb as well.
How to Make Fire Cider Ingredients
- 1 quart Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Horseradish root grated
- 1/8 cup of Garlic chopped
- 1/2 cup of Onion chopped
- 1/2 cup of Ginger grated
- 1 tsp Cayenne (fresh or powdered)
- optional - add turmeric fresh or powdered
- optional - add some rosemary
Directions: Place all ingredients in a quart jar and cover with Apple Cider Vinegar. Cover tightly. Steep for 8 weeks. (but you can start using it after 2 weeks) Strain into clean jar.
Some folks steep this recipe for 2 weeks - others say 2 or 3 months. Personally, I find the flavor and strength I desire by steeping at least 6 weeks. However, if you need it sooner you may certainly use it after just several weeks.
How to Use Your Fire Cider? ~ Rub into sore and aching joints. ~ Soak a clean cloth in Fire Cider and place on a congested chest. ~ Drink it straight or diluted in a bit of water or tomato juice. Start out with a tsp or so to test your tolerance level. ~ Mix with a bit of honey to ease a cough. Individual tolerance to the heat will vary so you and your family will want to experiment with quantity. Personally, I can drink a small shot glass at a time diluted in a little water. (my new favorite is to put a tablespoon in a shot glass filled with probiotic juice of tomato - (added when i posted the blog you can click on) Others will want only a few drops mixed with honey, or only topically. Some I know use as part of their salad dressing daily. Enjoy
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