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Fire Cider for Incredible Seasonal Immune Support

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As the colder weather starts to set in, many of us start worrying about how we’ll stay healthy during the season. One great way to boost your immunity is by using fire cider. This natural remedy is easy to make and can help keep you healthy all winter long. Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own fire cider and some of its benefits.
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What is Fire Cider?

Fire cider, a tonic of apple cider vinegar infused with herbs, vegetables and spices – including hot habanero peppers – provides incredible immune system through the cold and flu season. I like to use it throughout the winter months as a preventative remedy, but it can certainly be enjoyed all year long.
Famed herbalist Rosemary Gladstar was the first to concoct this spicy hot, deliciously sweet vinegar tonic in the early 1980’s.  I’m sharing one simple recipe, but there are countless out there.  Feel free to get creative and customize your own blend and use it to boost your immune system and combat colds and flus.  
Important Note: I am NOT under any circumstances claiming this will cure anything. I’m laying out a recipe that is both delicious and nutritious. I am also explaining some of the purported health benefits of the ingredients that go INTO the recipe.

Health Benefits of Fire Cider

You might be wondering about the benefits of fire cider. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in this simple recipe:

  • Fresh turmeric and its most active compound, curcumin, are known for their potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

  • Ginger is renowned for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. It’s commonly used to help with digestive issues and to support overall immune health.

  • Onions are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, contributing to overall wellness and supporting a balanced diet.

  • Garlic is valued for its various wellness-promoting properties, including supporting heart health and immune function.

  • Habanero peppers can boost metabolism and provide vitamins C and A. Capsaicin in peppers is known for its ability to combat unwanted bacteria.

  • Lemons are rich in vitamins and fiber, which support immunity and digestion.

  • Raw apple cider vinegar is appreciated for its acetic and ascorbic acid content, which can aid in digestion and contribute to a balanced diet.

  • Raw honey (locally produced) is thought to help with seasonal allergies and is also known for its soothing properties.

  • Sage is traditionally used to support brain function and digestion.

  • Rosemary may help with memory, mood, and gut health, as well as offering anti-inflammatory benefits.

This combination of ingredients makes fire cider a flavorful addition to your wellness routine.

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Fire Cider Recipe

The following recipe provides approximate amounts for ingredients. By adding more or less of each ingredient, you can make your fire cider more or less fiery. All ingredients should be readily available at your local grocery store.
  • 1/2 gallon glass jar with tight fitting lid
  • 4 cups Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother
  • 6-8 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh turmeric or horseradish (optional)
  • Onion (white, yellow, or red – any type is fine)
  • 2 habanero or other hot peppers
  • 1 whole lemon (can substitute grapefruit, orange, or cranberries)
  • 1 whole lime (can substitute grapefruit, orange, or cranberries)
  • Beneficial herbs of your choosing, 1 bunch each: sage, thyme, rosemary, lemon balm, elderberry, etc.
  • Raw honey or pure maple syrup to taste


  1. Chop all of your plant ingredients and layer them in a 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add apple cider vinegar to the top of the jar then cover with lid. Let sit at room temperature out of the sun for four weeks. After four weeks, strain the liquid into a new glass jar and discard the rest.
  2. Sweeten the strained cider with raw honey or maple syrup to taste. Store in the refrigerator or a dark, dry place for up to 6 months.
  3. Take 1-3 tablespoons daily.

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2 thoughts on “Fire Cider for Incredible Seasonal Immune Support”

  1. Leslie Wade Foreman Sr.

    I would love to buy a gallon of marijuana infused Fire Cider with ad many antibacterial, antifungal, and antibiral herbs, along with pomegranates, crabapples, and elderberries in it to last my wife and I through the entire winter.

    1. Leslie,
      That sounds very interesting. I have never made anything with marijuana as it has only recently become legal in CT. I am not familiar with cannabis in fire cider but would be interested in learning about it if you decide to make some for yourself.

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