You know those things that take you FOREVER to try because you think it will be too time consuming, but then once you try it you’re like, WOAH THAT WAS SO EASY! WHY DIDN’T I TRY IT SOONER? Well, this Autoimmune Supportive Fire Cider is exactly that.
What Is Fire Cider & What is it Used For?
Fire cider is an herbal remedy that’s as old as they come.
The book, Fire Cider, gives a fun history of vinegar’s use in medicine. Here’s a short excerpt,
Vinegar residues have been found in ancient Egyptian urns dating back to 3000BC. In china the recorded use of vinegar traces back to ancient texts dating from 1200 BC. In 400 BC, Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” in the West, treated patients with simple remedies made from apple cider vinegar, honey, and herbs. In fact, the Greeks and Romans were great lovers of vinegar; they were known to keep barrels of vinegar in their cellars, which they used fro a variety of purpose, including preserving food, cooking, cosmetics, and medicine.
Fire Cider is a combination of herbs, spices, and vegetables, that have been left to ferment in vinegar. After fermenting, you drain the mixture – saving the liquid…. that liquid is your FIRE CIDER.
It packs a POTENT punch of probiotics, B vitamins, biotin, folic acid, vitamin C, niacin, panthothenic acid, and more! And in terms of Chinese Medicine, Fire Cider is a warming herbal remedy that fights off cold & dampness (which is the nature of most colds, especially anything that’s respiratory, nasally, or mucusy).
Is Fire Cider safe for someone with an autoimmune disease?
By it’s nature, fire cider is autoimmune supportive. It does not BOOST or ACTIVATE your immune system; it supports it. A supported immune system is not over active or hyper activated. It is balanced and is able to act appropriately, which is why fire cider is great for people with an autoimmune disease.
How to Take It
Once November hits i try to incorporate fire cider into our diets daily. It doesn’t take much, about 1 TBSP worth is all you need.
There are a few ways to consume it, but here are our favorites:
In a glass of warm water with honey
Added to dressings
How to Make It
The best part is how simple and fast this autoimmune supportive fire cider recipe is to make.
Combine all ingredients in a 64oz mason jar.
Let sit on the counter for 4-6 weeks.
Strain out & save the liquid.
Autoimmune Supportive Fire Cider
- 1/2 cup horseradish root, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1/4 cup garlic, diced
- 1/4 cup ginger, diced
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- apple cider vinegar
- Add all ingredients to a large, 64 oz mason jar.
- Add enough vinegar to cover herbs and vegetables by 3-4 inches.
- Cover with lid and let sit on your counter for 4-6 weeks. Shake jar daily to incorporate ingredients.
- When ready, strain liquid and save.
How to Make Your Autoimmune Fire Cider Nutrient Dense
It’s all in the sourcing baby! Let me explain…
The health of this recipe isn’t really in the ingredient list, as much as it’s in the sourcing of the ingredients.
Because when you look at the list it’s all real food: dried herbs & spices.
That’s why ingredient sourcing plays a big role in how healthy you want to make this seasoning. Below is a breakdown of good, better, and best. Do the best you can, but don’t break your back over it.
Good: Regular, non-organic herbs & spices
Better: Organic herbs & spices
Best: Herbs & spice from your local farmers market (or your own garden!)
How to Store It
It can be stored on the counter, but I like to store it in the fridge for an extra long shelf life. It can be stored on the counter for several months and twice as long in the fridge. Which is perfect because by the time I run out, it’s the end of March, and by then we’re out of cold & flu season.
Does your little dog like fire cider? Since my autoimmune system is shot, (Rituxan for RA) I wonder if it might help. I know nothing else does.
I should just bite the bullet and try this! It always just seemed way too intimidating – like in the realm of canning/preserving, even tho i know it’s not.