Fire Cider Recipe

Fire Cider is an oxymel, an inexpensive and easy-to-make elixir with a storied past. The ancient Greek word oxymeli translates to “acid and honey.”  The simplest definition is an herbal extraction of vinegar and raw honey.  The origination of Fire Cider has been credited to Hippocrates’ vinegar-honey oxymel nearly 2500 years ago.

If you search for Fire Cider recipes, you will find hundreds of variations.  This is the one I've come up with that I like and make regularly.


1 head garlic, smashed

1 onion, chopped

¼ cup ginger, grated

¼ cup horseradish, grated

1 whole hot pepper, such as Jalapeno, Serrano, Cayenne, Thai Chile,
Habanero, Ghost Pepper, to personal taste.


OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL HERBS (add according to taste preference)

Citrus: peel, slices, juice of lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc.

Anise Star: I love the taste and it's the active ingredient in Tamiflu

Cinnamon: I prefer sticks or chips 

Fennel seed: great for digestion

Rosehips: one of the most concentrated sources of Vitamin C

Bilberries: great for eye health support

Berries of all sorts!

Parsley / Sage / Rosemary / Thyme / Oregano / Turmeric (raw, grated or dry)

Black Pepper (increase bioavailabilty of curcurmin in turmeric)

Lemon Verbena / Anise Hyssop / Calendula flowers / Lemon Balm / Tulsi / Spilanthes

Pine tips

Nettle: very nutritious, lots of minerals

Burdock Root / Dandelion Root / Yellow Dock Root


  • Put all of the ingredients in a quart jar

  • Fill with raw apple cider vinegar to 1-2 inches below the mouth of the jar.

  • Cover, shake well and set in a warm place, out of direct sunlight.

  • Every time you walk by, give it another shake.

  • Cover and let sit in a warm place for at least 2-8 weeks.

  • Strain.

Optionally, add a sweetener to soften the heat—all to taste—such as honey
(my preference), molasses, maple syrup, or glycerin.

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Why do I share my recipe when I also sell it?

Because I believe every person who wants to make their own herbal products should be able to do so. But if you don't want to make it yourself, please consider buying it from me. Check out my products page.