Popular Winter Tonic
There are several recipes for this longstanding winter tonic. I could not find fresh horseradish this year (darn), so I added some fresh turmeric and a couple fresh rosemary sprigs. Nice! This particular recipe packs a punch but if it holds at bay the wintry colds and flu it is well worth the effort of making and taking. Typically at the first sign of a cold, take 1 to 2 tablespoons every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside. I've become accustomed to using fire cider on an almost daily basis over the years throughout the fall and winter seasons. It is a DIY tonic I always have in my refrigerator this time of year you, should try it. Fire Cider is truly an herbal legacy product. Enjoy.
1/2 cup fresh grated ginger root
1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root
1 medium onion chopped
10 cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped
2 cayenne peppers chopped
1 lemon chopped
unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup raw honey (to taste)
several springs of fresh rosemary
l orange chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh turmeric
Prepare all of the ingredients and place them into a quart size jar. Cover all ingredients with apple cider vinegar. Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake daily. After 3-4 weeks use cheesecloth to strain. Next comes the honey. Add 1/4 cup honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add honey until you reach the desired sweetness.