Today is the third annual World Fire Cider Day!

What is Fire Cider and why does it have its own day, you ask?  It is a spicy herbal remedy with an apple cider vinegar base.  This day is a celebration of folk remedies passed between herbalists in the name of healing and community.  However, the holiday began as a way to bring light to a dispute.  A few years ago controversy erupted when a company patented the name and formula of this traditional product.

But every story has an opportunity to learn and you too can find inspiration in this story of perseverance and standing up for what you believe in.

Here are a few ways you can participate:

Fire tonic anyone?  You can purchase this traditional product under the pseudonyms cleverly created by herbalists, such as dragon tonic, dragon spit and fire tonic.

The act of creating your own medicine certainly makes a statement and empowers you to take your health into your own hands.  Rosemary Gladstar, the grandmother of Western herbalism, freely shares her recipe.  You can learn about her concoction, plus hear her stance on the subject here at her website.

Rosemary’s recipe is perfect as is.  However, the beauty of making Fire Cider at home is you can tailor it is as wish.  I prefer to consume it a few times per week throughout the winter as a wellness tonic.  Therefore, this year, I am choosing to add herbs to build immunity.

Some suggestions are:

  • Turmeric
  • Elderberries
  • Dandelion root
  • Astragalus
  • Echinacea root
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Medicinal Mushrooms

Hand grating all the fresh produce will earn you brownie points (from whom, I cannot say), but I find if you are pressed for time, a small food processor works wonders and saves you from a few raw onion tears.

With previous batches, I have chosen not to add honey after I decant, so I mix it with something that might cut through the vinegar a bit, such as liquid probiotics or the juice leftover from sauerkraut or kimchee.  Juice might even work, if that is your preference.

I hope you feel inspired as Fire Cider will certainly ignite the inner fire!  Food can truly be your medicine.