Apple cider vinegar has been on the health and wellbeing radar for a while now, and I recently came across a recipe for Fire Cider which uses ACV as a base and adds in additional immune boosting ingredients to make a magical cold busting tonic.
Fire cider has been a staple in many nutritionists and herbalists’ medicine cabinet and I can easily believe that it had been used medicinally for hundreds of years. There is something quite medieval about it!
Fire cider provides very similar immune-boosting benefits to that of elderberry syrup; fire cider can be diluted with water or tea and be taken when you are feeling under the weather. However, the benefits of fire cider go way beyond cold and flu season, it can be considered as a preventative measure while you are healthy and additionally, it can be taken to promote and stimulate healthy digestion and enzyme production. You’ll want to add the recipe to your collection after reading of all the wonderful benefits.
Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) is the base of the fire cider recipe. Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing organic apples with yeast, causing the sugar to ferment and turn into an alcohol solution. Live cultures of healthy bacteria are added to the solution, creating more fermentation and converting the solution into acetic acid, the main compound found in vinegar. Often when purchasing raw and unfiltered ACV, you will see it contains “the mother”, this means it includes hundreds of different beneficial bacteria and enzymes. This beneficial bacteria and naturally occurring enzymes help strengthen the human digestive system and regulate proper pH within the body. This can be incredibly helpful when we are struggling with bloating after meals, have sluggish regularity, and consuming highly acidic foods such as meats, alcohol, and sugars. Multiple studies have also confirmed the use of apple cider vinegar improved insulin sensitivity by over 30%, and therefore reducing blood glucose levels. This is great news, as so many people often suffer from elevated blood sugars.
Fire Cider Recipe
See my previous article on 5 Natural Immune Boosters for further information on the health properties of the ingredients. It is important to allow fire cider to mature for at least two to four weeks.
½ cup peeled and shredded/diced ginger root
¾ cup peeled and shredded/diced horseradish root
½ cup peeled and diced turmeric
½ cup white onion, chopped
¼ cup minced or crushed garlic cloves
1 organic jalapeño pepper, chopped
2 organic lemons – zested and juiced
16 oz. ACV
Raw, organic Manuka Honey to taste
- In a mason jar, add ginger, horseradish, garlic, and onion.
- Add jalapeño and lemon juice and zest as well.
- Press down all vegetables in the jar before adding apple cider vinegar. Fill the rest of the jar full of raw apple cider vinegar, until everything is covered with apple cider vinegar.
- Place the lid on and put in a room temperature area for two weeks to four weeks. Once complete, shake the mixture well and strain through a thin-mesh sieve.
- Add in Manuka honey and store in the fridge up to 8 weeks.
- Serving Size per Day: one tablespoon diluted in 6 oz. of water and work up to 3 tablespoons for full dose.
If the thought of downing a shot of Fire Cider makes you shudder, here are some additional ways you can include it:
Fire Cider Turmeric Elixir
This elixir is a great way to incorporate the immune boosting benefits of fire cider with the powerful anti-inflammatory herb, turmeric. This healing recipe can be paired with any meal or served as a delicious bedtime snack to keep your blood sugar stabilized and naturally cleanse your body during deep sleep.
1 cup almond, coconut, or cashew milk
½ lemon squeezed
1 tablespoon fire cider
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon Manuka honey
Pinch of cinnamon
Dash of black pepper
Heat milk on the stove, add rest of ingredients to pot and stir. Serve Warm.
Fire Belly Salad Dressing
While the thought of your belly being on fire might not sound appealing, in Ayurveda the fire or 'Agni' of your digestion roughy translates as the strength of your digestive system. Ayurrveda believes that you are a old as your agni, and the more I work with digestive clients and learn about the GI system, the more I agree.
Incorporating fire cider as a dressing can be a fantastic way to increase your stomach acid while also aiding in the digestion of the rest of your meal. This dressing is great over a bitter green salad or paired with a cruciferous-based dish.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon fire cider
Dash of sea salt and pepper
Mix in a mason jar and serve over a salad of your choice.