So I've been dabbling in natural medicines for a few years now and I cannot complain at all about the results. Over the years I've fallen in love with Hippocrates quote that says "Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food." 

I believe that health has to be about treating the whole body. For instance, if you eat right and work out but you are always stressed your body is still not "healthy". And if you get sick, pop some pills and feel better, then you're no closer to "healthy" than you were before you took the pills. 

So one of the things that I try to focus on is building my immune system so that my body can better fight off illness. And I do this by eating food that will help keep me in good health even through cold and flu season when everyone is going around snotting and coughing all over everything. 

I beleive that food is very healing and natural medication (usually in the form of food and herbs) is my chosen form of healing. It is a long term solution to many of the illnesses that many people face. Good quality fresh food is a good way to build that immunity and keep your body from attacking itself. 

A few weeks ago, After leaving church and doing my normal rounds of hugs (and cheek kisses from the older women) I woke up at 3am and went to the bathroom only to find that my throat was sore and itchy! Now I haven't been sick in years (literally). So this was a major shock to me. Then I remembered that it was flu season! I've never had the flu and I wasn't about to experience it then.  

So I instantly went to work at 3am medicating this sore throat. First thing first, bone broth (more on that in a later post)! I pulled it from the fridge and heated a teacup of that. And as soon as that was gone. I instantly went for the fire cider! Which is what this post is all about. 

Fire Cider is an immune boosting beverage that uses Apple Cider Vinegar ( with the mother and at least 5% acidity) as it's base and is packed with herbs, roots (ginger, horseradish, tumeric) and other wonderful ingredients to give you the boost that you need in those winter months. 

It helps keep your body from being harshly impacted by those flu and cold pathogens but if you're already sick then it gives your body a boost in fighting it off. It also has a hot component in the form of peppers that helps keep your insides warm. Fire cider has been around in many forms and gone by many different names for at least 3 decades but I would bet it's been around much longer. 

Now for the recipe! 

Fire Cider 

1/2 cup grated horseradish root

1/2 cup grated ginger root

1/2 cup diced onion

2-3 jalepenos (or 1 habenero)

1 tablespoon of tumeric powder (or a few knobs of grated tumeric root)

2 teaspoons of ground black pepper

1 head of garlic (crushed or grated)

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 orange

handful of fresh thyme sprigs

a few sprigs of fresh rosemary

a small handful of fresh parsley

2-3 cups of Apple Cider Vinigar (organic, with the mother, at least 5% acidity)

1/4 cup of honey (preferrably raw and local)

One large Mason jar

Combine all the ingredients into a large mason jar. Let sit for 8 weeks in a dark cupboard (shake occasionally). Using a cheesecloth and a strainer, drain all the liquid into a different jar. Add the honey and shake. Take two teaspoons in 8 oz. of hot water or apple cider. Once you get used to it, it can be taken straight, a couple ounces at a time. If you're fighting the cold or flu, take up to 5 times daily in smaller amounts. Keeps in the fridge for up to a year. 

I hope this helps! 

Have a great day,