What is Fire Cider?
Fire cider, a hot beverage popularized by Rosemary Glad, works wonders if you are suffering from a cold, sinus discomfort, congestion, or sluggishness associated with a cold. If you or your child is prone to colds, try this herbal beverage out!
I’ve added the original recipe below, but you can get creative by adding herbs that help boost immune function. As a functional medicine practicioner in Singapore, I often help my patients by prescribing natural remedies for common illnesses. Fire cider is an acquired taste, and not all kids will love it! But it’s a great preventative measure, and it will help knock off a common cold in no time.
Fire Cider Recipe
- 1/4 cup peeled and shredded/diced ginger root
- ¼ cup peeled and shredded/diced horseradish root
- 2 TBS diced fresh turmeric
- 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
- 2 TBS minced fresh garlic
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Zest and juice from 2 organic lemons
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Raw, organic honey to taste
Pack all of the herbal ingredients into a 1-pint mason jar. Cover the herbs plus 2 inches over with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. The important thing is to keep the ingredients immersed in the liquid, so you might need to “top if off” once every few days over the 2 weeks. Place in a dark cabinet away from heat (preferably in a room that is relatively cooler for 2 weeks. At the end of the 2 weeks, strain the whole thing thoroughly, and mix in ½ to 1 cup of good quality honey. Put into a clean jar and store in the fridge. It will keep for months.
Traditionally, the mixture infuses for 4 weeks, but you can change it based on your preferences. Due to higher humidity and heat here in Singapore, 1.5- 2 weeks should be good enough.
How Much Fire Cider Should You Drink?
Give ¼ to 1 tbsp depending on age. Kids can take it right off the spoon or mixed in water or with a tiny amount of juice. It can also be taken on a daily basis as preventative measure through food like salad dressings. You are not going to simply fill up a mug of fire cider and drink it like coffee or tea. If you are local to our area and would like to consult with a homeopathic doctor in Singapore, please get in touch. We would be happy to help with chronic allergies, colds, respiratory illnesses, auto-immune conditions, and more.