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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Studies in Simplicity | Fire Cider


I know I am not alone saying that my life's greatest disappointment is never receiving a Hogwarts letter. Ages 10 and 11 were spent anticipating an invitation to a great and mysterious wizard school; ages 12 and 13 were spent wondering if J.K. Rowling had fudged the facts a bit.

Now, though I still hold out hope that there is a Hogwarts Graduate School, I have learned to seek mystics and magic in the natural world. While there is something to appreciating the alchemy of a beautiful sunset, there is something so satisfyingly witchy about brewing up homemade remedies.

Currently, my experience with herbs and natural healing has been limited to whipping up some tea and a tincture or two. I am planning to continue practicing, researching, and learning (and taking the blog along for the ride). This Fire Cider recipe has been on my to-do list for a long time, but a recent bout of the sniffles really inspired me to get going on it.


Fire Cider is a folk remedy that is often used to alleviate winter colds and flues. It is considered a whole foods medicine based on "powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers," according to the Mountain Rose Blog.

This recipe calls for onions, garlic, citrus, ginger, turmeric, and more "healing" foods in an apple cider vinegar base. Because I in no way created this recipe, I am going to offer the link here if you are interested in making your own. Those less adventurous can buy the stuff ready made on Etsy or here
powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers - See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/fire-cider/#sthash.TGhx7i9B.dpuf
powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers - See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/fire-cider/#sthash.TGhx7i9B.dpuf
powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers - See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/fire-cider/#sthash.TGhx7i9B.dpuf
powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers - See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/fire-cider/#sthash.TGhx7i9B.dpuf


I subbed cranberries for rose hips because I could not find rose hips and they surprisingly seemed to have similar properties (high vitamin C, anti-inflammatory, diuretic... they are even both used to treat and prevent UTIs). I also omitted horseradish simply because I couldn't find it.

When the Fire Cider is fully brewed, I will strain it and mix it with honey to take as a shot or heated in a mug. I admit to being somewhat apprehensive about the taste. When it's complete, I will be sure to report back from the front lines. 
powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers - See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/fire-cider/#sthash.TGhx7i9B.dpuf



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