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Fire Cider

Friday, December 15, 2023

If you've never heard of fire cider, it probably sounds like some crazy snake oil remedy.

I think the phrase "fire cider" was created by the herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. But the concept has actually been around for centuries. 

Basically, its a bunch of nutrient dense foods fermented in liquid for several weeks. Then the liquid is strained off and used as an immune booster.

I started making fire cider a few years ago. There are many variations and recipes out there. I ended up combining a few that I liked. Then, after it is fermented, I mix it with raw honey and some of Wellness Mama's Elderberry Syrup.

I usually make 3-4 quarts in October and that lasts us through the winter. We take about a teaspoon most nights between November and April. My kids rarely get sick and I think this concoction has helped a ton!

So if you are ready to think outside of the box to support your family through cold and flu season, give this a try!

PS: This image is from the first time I made firecider. I chopped all the ingredients according to the recipe. I have since switched to grating, which improved the quality quite a bit.


  • 1/2 cup grated horseradish root (pro-tip: grate outside, this stuff is intense!)
  • 1/2 cup grated turmeric root
  • 1/2 cup grated ginger root
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 heads garlic, peeled
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother
  • Raw Honey to taste
  • ​​Elderberry Syrup to taste (optional)

Combine everything EXCEPT the apple cider vinegar and raw honey in a half gallon glass jar.

Fill to within 1/2 inch of the top with apple cider vinegar. Top with a plastic lid and store in dark, warm place for 4-6 weeks. Preferrably somewhere you can access easily. A kitchen cabinet usually works well.

Shake and "burp" (remove lid to release air) every few days.

At the end of the 4-6 weeks, strain the liquid into 2 quart jars and add raw honey and elderberry syrup to taste. I usually add about 3/4 cup of each. 


Meet Kim

Owner of Veritas Fitness

I'm a wife, mother of 4, and health coach with 15+ years experience in the fitness industry.

After spending many years helping people change their eating habits to reach their health and fitness goals, I'm sharing some of my favorite tips and recipes here. 

I hope they help you reach your goals!