Fire Cider

Fire Cider is not for the faint of heart!

Now more than ever it’s important to take care of yourself by eating healthy meals and exercising. Herbal and fruit/vegetable drinks can help boost your immune system, increase your energy level and add more vitamins, minerals and other healing elements to your diet.


Fire Cider Recipe

Fire cider has been popular among herbalists for decades. It is believed that Rosemary Gladstar, considered to be the godmother of modern herbalism, was first to include this recipe in a self-published booklet from the late 1980s. She also included the recipe in her book “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.” Following is an adaptation of her recipe from that book: 

1 quart of raw, organic vinegar with the “mother”

1 onion, peeled and chopped

1 whole head of garlic, peeled and chopped

¼ cup grated fresh horseradish

2 tablespoons of turmeric, unpeeled and chopped

Dash of cayenne pepper

1 cup of raw organic honey (more or less to taste)

Mix all ingredients except honey in a large jar. Cover and let sit in a warm place for 3 to 4 weeks. Strain the mixture, add the honey and rebottle. Refrigerate. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold and continue throughout the day every 2 to 3 hours until symptoms subside.


“All-In” Shots Recipe

As the name implies, toss whatever fruits and vegetables you have on hand in a blender, add a little water and a little 100% cranberry juice and blend. Try to get a variety of fruits like berries, apples, oranges, lemons, etc. and a variety of vegetables like spinach or kale, carrots, cucumbers, celery, etc.

Most importantly, add about a tablespoon each of unpeeled, chopped ginger and turmeric. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, can help with an upset stomach and can help prevent heart disease and cancer.

Turmeric is also an anti-inflammatory, and it is a potent antioxidant that can potentially help with depression, arthritis, and age-related chronic diseases. You can either strain your shot before drinking or choose to drink it “straight” for more fiber. Drink 4 ounces a couple of times a day.


Detox Tea Recipe

There are hundreds of ways to vary this tea recipe, but remember that the purpose is to eliminate toxins from the body, so be sure to choose herbs that will help with ridding toxins. Other benefits of detox tea are weight loss, improved mental function and digestion, liver cleanse, and enriched hair and skin.

In a quart glass jar add:

2 tea bags of green tea or dandelion tea (or one of each)

1-2 tablespoons raw organic honey

1 tablespoon chopped unpeeled ginger

1 tablespoon chopped unpeeled turmeric

1 cinnamon stick

Pour one quart of hot water into the jar and stir. Let the mixture cool then add the juice of ½ lemon, 1 ml. milk thistle tincture, 1 ml. artichoke tincture and a dash of cayenne pepper. Strain before serving. This tea is good hot or cold. Can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a few days.

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Susan Vander Maas is a graduate of Ohio State University/ATI Wooster. She is co-owner of Doc’s Deli, established in 2007.