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    Fire Cider is a traditional remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with powerful decongestant and spicy circulatory movers makes this recipe especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.

    Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it and what's growing around you. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, but there are plenty of other herbs that can be thrown in for added kick. This year I had lots of spicy jalapenos and vibrant rosemary in the garden, so I used those along with some organic turmeric powder in the cupboard and fresh lemon peel. Some people like to bury their fire cider jar in the ground for a month while it extracts and then dig it up during a great feast to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

    Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to organic veggie juice (throw in some olives and pickles and think non-alcoholic, health boosting bloody mary!), splashed in fried rice, or drizzled on a salad with good olive oil. You can also save the strained pulp and mix it with shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and fresh herbs to make delicious and aromatic stir-fries and spring rolls! I like to take 1 tablespoon each morning to help warm me up and rev my health, or 3 tablespoons if I feel the sniffles coming on.


    1/2 cup fresh grated organic Ginger Root
    1/2 cup fresh grated organic Horseradish Root
    1 medium organic Onion, chopped
    10 cloves of organic Garlic, crushed or chopped
    2 organic Jalapeno Peppers (Chilies), chopped
    Zest and juice from 1 organic Lemon
    Several sprigs of fresh organic Rosemary or 2 tablespoons of dried Rosemary Leaves
    1 tablespoon organic Turmeric powder
    1/4 teaspoon organic Cayenne powder
    Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
    1/4 to 1/2 cup Raw Local Honey, to taste


    Prepare all of your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized jar. If you have never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience! Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.

    After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness.


    Some of the traditional benefits of Fire Ciderís ingredients include:

  • Horseradish: The antibacterial properties of Horseradish have been used to fight bacteria. Horseradish strongly stimulates the digestion, increasing gastric secretions and appetite. It is also a good diuretic that promotes perspiration, making it useful in fevers, colds, and flu. Horseradish is also an expectorant and mildly antibiotic, and can be of use in both respiratory and urinary tract infections.

  • Ginger: It is valued for its ability to warm the stomach, to ease vomiting and nausea and to fight off colds, chills and coughs. Ginger is useful for all types of congestion in the body.

  • Garlic: It supports the immune function and opens the pores of the skin to lower a fever. This herb's antibacterial and antimicrobial properties make it useful in treating bladder and kidney infections , yeast infections , strep throats and ear infections.

  • Cayenne: It is useful for increasing circulation and to get mucous flowing. This herb is an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant. It is used as a digestive aid to stimulates gastric juices. Many people report relief from migraines with this herb as well.


    1 quart Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
    1/2 cup Horseradish Root, grated
    1/8 cup of Garlic, chopped
    1/2 cup of Onion, chopped
    1/2 cup of Ginger grated
    1 teaspoon Cayenne


    Place all ingredients in a quart jar and cover with Apple Cider Vinegar.
    Cover tightly.
    Steep for 8 weeks.
    Strain into clean jar.


  • Rub into sore muscles and aching joints.
  • Soak a clean cloth in Fire Cider to place on a congested chest.
  • Drink it straight or diluted in a bit of water or tomato juice. Start out with a teaspoon or so to test your tolerance level.
  • Mix with a bit of Honey to ease a cough.

  • Individual tolerance to the heat will vary so you and your family will want to experiment with quantity. Some will be able to drink a small shot glass at a time. Others will want only a few drops mixed with honey, or only topically.


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    The healing power of Apple Cider Vinegar, also called Cider Vinegar, was first touted by Vermont health care provider D.C. Jarvis, who believed it prevented illness in pets. He then extended the use of this vinegar to people, suggesting that regular doses of cider vinegar and honey could increase longevity.

    Apple Cider Vinegar is produced when bacteria naturally present in the air convert the small amount of alcohol in apple juice to acetic acid, which gives vinegar its tangy taste. All types of natural vinegar are made this way, but cider vinegar is preferred for medicinal uses because it is less acidic than wine vinegar and so is easier to digest.

    Apple Cider Vinegar is high in potassium, which is needed for the proper functioning of the heart and muscles, and in pectin (a type of fiber). A few tablespoons of cider vinegar a day help clear the body of toxins. It can also be used in a compress to reduce swelling and pain.


    Apple Cider Vinegar contains many key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes, as well as, valuable fruit acids. Its unique properties make cider vinegar superior to other kinds of vinegar. In fact, anyone suffering from excess stomach acid and heartburn should avoid wine vinegar and use cider vinegar to season food. Just make sure to choose vinegar that is certified organically grown, since only organic cider vinegar is guaranteed to be pure and to contain all the vital elements.


    Apple Cider Vinegar is a germicide and thus helps fight infection and inflammation when administered internally or externally. It helps prevent blood clots and stimulates the excretory organs. It is therefore an important elimination-promoting agent and blood purifier. The vitamin C and beta-carotene in cider vinegar destroy free radicals that weaken the immune system and increase the risk of various diseases. The acids in cider vinegar control the proliferation of yeast in the intestine.

    Apple cider vinegar is used for burns, digestive and intestinal problems, weak muscles, sunburn, itchy skin, insect bites and stings, reducing fatigue and lowering blood cholesterol. Use apple cider vinegar at the onset of a cold, sore throat, relieve asthma, control blood sugar, address nighttime leg cramps, decrease mild depression, stop hiccups, lower blood pressure, treat indigestion, address arthritis or use as a daily tonic.

    • Reduces Lactic Acid buildup: muscle cramping.
    • Reduces inflammation of joints: arthritis.
    • Maintains bone mass: osteoporosis and post-menopausal bone loss.
    • Restores pH levels: colds, coughs, reduces headaches, indigestion, nasal congestion, ulcers, reduces yeast infections, promotes digestion and underweight conditions.
    • Adds Fiber via Pectin to body: lowers cholesterol, treats constipation and diarrhea, controls blood sugar levels.
    • Cleanses and detoxifies liver: treats mild depression, helps with weight loss.
    • Contains antioxidants: protects eyes from cataracts and slows aging process.
    • Antiseptic and disinfectant properties: kills harmful bacteria in the digestive tract related to food poisoning.

    • Promotes healing of skin: burns, cuts, rashes, sores from herpes, athlete's foot.
    • Controls ear infections.
    • Reduces foot odor.
    • Controls itching of skin, scalp: insect bites, dandruff, ringworm, herpes/cold sores, poison ivy and poison oak.
    • Prevents acne and blemishes on the face.
    • Decrease appearance of varicose veins (wrap legs in apple cider soaked cloth for 30 minutes twice a day shrinks veins in 6 weeks).
    • Brightens blond and dark hair (vinegar and water rinse).


    Apple Cider Vinegar contains many nutrients, such as beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, sulfur, phosphorus, riboflavin and thiamin, vitamins B, C and E, and fruit acids, enzymes and pectin. Of these, beta-carotene, potassium and pectin are especially important for the heart, skin and digestion.

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    Dissolve 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey in a glass of warm water. Drink a glass of this tonic every morning and evening for at least 6 weeks. Over time, you will feel revitalized and more energetic.


    Individuals who work out frequently or suffer from chronic fatigue find this vinegar to help treat their fatigue. The amino acids in apple cider vinegar help release lactic acid build up in the blood stream. Similarly, potassium and enzymes also may increase energy levels. Consuming 3 teaspoons of vinegar to 1/8th a cup of honey at bed time will help you wake up refreshed and energized.


    A compress made with Apple Cider Vinegar helps ease the pain and swelling that can be caused by varicose veins. Soak a towel in cider vinegar and then wrap it around the affected areas. Cover with a dry towel, elevate your legs and rest for 30 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the vinegar with warm water. you can also massage the area with cider vinegar to improve the flow and tighten the tissue. This massage can be done daily.

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    Apple Cider Vinegar is part of an old folk remedy for corns and calluses. Soak a slice of bread in apple cider vinegar until it is completely saturated. Place the moist bread on the affected area, secure with a piece of cloth and let it soften the skin overnight.


    Immerse a pair of socks in a mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and cold water. Wring them out and place them on the feet of the feverish person. Before the socks have dried completely, resoak them in the solution and replace. Repeat this process a few times. This method works particularly well with children.


    The acidity of vinegar helps align the alkalinity of the body. At the onset of a cold or flu; the body is more alkaline. By adjusting the pH levels; the body's system can heal itself thereby kicking a cold. Take a teaspoon of vinegar in a cup of water three times a day.

    Daily Tonic: An Apple A Day Super Juice: A teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in water with a little honey functions as a daily multivitamin.


    Filling an ear dropper with equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegarand water or alcohol and dropping in about 3 or 4 drops of solution into the ear after swimming or showering will relieve the painful symptoms and can even prevent infection.



    Soak a linen cloth in equal amounts of Apple Cider Vinegar and water. Wring out the cloth and apply to the affected body part. It will relieve pain and prevent or minimize blistering and peeling. Vinegar water can also be used as a rinse to relieve dry and itchy skin.


    Apple Cider Vinegar can be applied directly to the scalp before shampooing.


    Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a cider vinegar and water vaginal douche to relieve vaginitis caused by yeast infection and itching by changing the vaginal pH to slightly acidic thus creating a hostile environment for yeast to grow. It helps to relieve the itching and inflammation associated with a yeast infection.

    Mix 2 to 4 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 quart of warm water and use it as a douche twice daily until you find relief and symptoms disappear. You can make it stronger, if desired by adjusting the amount of cider vinegar in the water. For external areas, such as nipples during breast feeding, you can use cotton balls soaked in cider vinegar as a wash.


    For oral yeast infection (called thrush), Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a gargle or mouth rinse. Apple cider vinegar has a very potent way of relieving soreness and killing germs associated with viral and bacterial infections. The most effective way to use the vinegar to treat sore throat is to begin gargling immediately when soreness arises. Gargle every hour with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Be sure to rinse only the mouth with water to reduce acidity and potential erosion of your tooth enamel.


    A daily 20 minute bath in hot water (100°F) and Apple Cider Vinegar (1 Cup is added to bath water) can cleanse the body of acid residues. Vinegar baths (and the smaller sitz bath) are also useful as an additional therapy for fungal skin diseases and for treating vaginitis. To remedy via a sitz bath, fill a sitz tub or your own tub to hip height with warm water. Add a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and a cup of Sea Salt. Sit in the bath for at least 20 minutes. Vinegar baths can be safely taken over a 6-week period.

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    To calm a cough, mix 5 tablespoons of Honey with 5 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. This mild syrup will relieve coughing and help break up phlegm. A chest compress enhances this effect: Soak a towel in equal amounts of cider vinegar and hot water (as hot as you can stand) and place it on your chest for 30 minutes. Both of these remedies work well for children.


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