Winter is here, and it's time to soothe those sore throats. One of my favorite health tonics during the cold months is the healing folk power of fire cider.
Fire cider is a traditional concoction of warming herbs and spices used for colds and flus. It's best to make this in late fall because it steeps for at least 6 weeks! If you're just showing up for the show, make it anyway and keep it for late winter/early spring sickness.
I am sharing with you, one of my renditions of fire cider. Note: chopping these ingredients up may knock your socks off! Try not to touch your eyes until after your all done.
Obtain a half gallon-sized mason jar
1/2 cup grated ginger root
1/2 cup grated horseradish root
1 yellow onion, chopped
10 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (seeds included!)
8 chili/cayenne/habanero peppers...do it, you won't regret it!
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, twig excluded
1 lemon, zested and quartered
2 tablespoons honey
Place all ingredients in the jar, pour 2 cups unfiltered apple cider vinegar over ingredients into jar (or as much as you need to cover everything). Close jar with either a plastic lid or cheese cloth with a metal lid. *The apple cider vinegar reacts with metal, so it's important to keep the lid protected.
Let infuse for 6 weeks. Strain and drink 2 tablespoons as needed. Be well, my friends!