Whenever I have a cold or a tickle in my throat, I take shots of fire cider. While there are many versions of this tonic in stores, I like to make my own fire cider recipe to save money. (Warning: this stuff is hardcore, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Yet it’s become my go-to tonic to quickly rid my body of a cold.)
Fire cider benefits
In order to kick intense colds and sickness from your body, you’ve got to use some of the most intense, natural foods out there. This recipe features: ginger root, horseradish root, onion, garlic cloves, jalapeño peppers, lemon, and apple cider vinegar. Now do you see why it’s called “Fire Cider Recipe”?! Let’s take a look at how these ingredients work together to keep the body well:
- fresh ginger root- helps fight infections, including RSV.
- fresh horseradish root- contains powerful antibacterial properties.
- onion + garlic- both high in vitamin C, as well as antioxidants.
- jalapeños- loaded with vitamin C and vitamin B6.
- lemon- helps the body absorb iron.
- apple cider vinegar- ACV has anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial properties which make it a great base for this fire cider tonic.
With all these benefits packed into one shot, I see why a little fire cider goes a long way in prevention as well as shortening the length of sickness.
Make your own Fire Cider
To make this DIY recipe, start by chopping up all the raw ingredients. (Scroll all the way down for the complete list with amounts). Place them in a quart-sized mason jar, and fill it the rest of the way up with apple cider vinegar. Cover it with an airtight lid, shake it, and store it in a dark place for at least a month.
I like to shake my concoction every few days to make sure the mixture is… uhh… fermenting nicely.
After a month has gone by, it’s time to pour the contents out while using a strainer or a sieve to catch the big clumps. This refined mixture is the final product, and is ready to be used, as well as stored in the refrigerator from here on out.
How to start taking this natural tonic
This powerful, all-natural mixture should not be taken lightly! Start with a small dose at first—maybe a tablespoon or so. Take one or two small doses a day until you feel like you’re ready for a full shot glass. Eventually, your body will adjust to the taste and you’ll be able to down it like a pro!
Aside from rest, tea and drinking lots of water, a fire cider recipe is the main thing I use when a cold starts to form. It really works!
Storing the finished fire cider
I keep my tonic in a mason jar, with plastic over the mouth, and a lid tightly secured. This keeps the tonic from getting any outside bacteria in it while stored in the fridge. I use this throughout the winter; one batch lasts a long time if you’re taking it preventatively. If you know that cold + flu season hits your household hard, I’d start to make a second batch once the first one is ready for the fridge. That way you have a backup on hand if sickness hits.
Other natural home remedies
I know this fire cider tonic isn’t for everyone. It’s pretty intense, even though it’s super effective. If you aren’t ready to give this a try, yet want to bring more natural remedies into your home, check out some of my other great recipes:
My family uses these natural remedies on the regular… and we haven’t needed medicine or antibiotics for several years. I can’t wait for you to try these too! Do you have any other home remedies/natural recipes you use during cold + flu season? If so, leave a comment letting me know!
Homemade Fire Cider Recipe
- 1/2 cup ginger root - grated
- 1/2 cup horseradish root - grated
- 1 yellow onion - chopped
- 10 cloves garlic - crushed or chopped
- 2 jalapeño pepper - chopped
- 1 lemon - zest and juice
- apple cider vinegar
- Dice, peel and chop all ingredients into small pieces and toss into a bowl. (If you've never grated fresh horseradish, it can be intense!)
- Mix it all together and scoop into a quart-sized mason jar.
- Pour apple cider vinegar on top of all ingredients until completely submerged.
- Cover with an airtight lid. (You can place a piece of parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or use a plastic lid if you have one.)
- Shake well.
- Store in a dark, cool place for a month (like the back of a pantry) and shake every few days.
- After a month, pour contents through a sieve to separate the liquid from the solids.
- Pour the liquid that went through the sieve in a sterilized clean jar in the fridge. When you feel the onset of a tickly throat, congestion, cough— take a shot glass full of this a few times a day.