Updated: Mar 4, 2019
Oh, Fire Cider. Let me sing your praises. You are tasty. You are warming. But you are so much more. You are full of antioxidants, antibiotics, antivirals, anti-everything it seems like. Except for anti-health, that is. You are the elixir of health! And oh so easy to make and use.
OK, enough of my ode to fire cider. Here is a very abbreviated list of the benefits of the basic ingredients that I use in my fire cider.
The active ingredient in garlic, allicin, increases by several times after raw garlic has been chopped or crushed and left to sit for about ten minutes. This is a great way to get the most bang for your buck from your garlic. Eating it raw is the best way to consume it.
Garlic is known as “The Poor Man’s Antibiotic.”
It has been used in medicine for centuries.
It contains many antioxidants – preventing cell damage from free radicals.
It helps regulate blood pressure.
It is said to stave off bladder and kidney infections, yeast infections, strep throat and ear infections.
Researchers report that regular garlic consumption can help prevent the growth of cancerous cells, hardening of arteries, high blood pressure, and unhealthy cholesterol levels.
Ajoene is the garlic compound related to more biological activities, as showed in in vitro and in vivo systems. Those studies found that ajoene has antithrombotic, anti-tumoral, antifungal, and antiparasitic effects.
The onion is quite nutritious and contains many vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, B6, C, Folate and the minerals Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium and Zinc.)
Onion is great for treating coughs, colds, the flu and many other illnesses.
An antioxidant, the onion has a high concentration of the beneficial polyphenol flavonoid quercetin (studied for its ability to prevent histamine release).
It is antibacterial and helps fight yeast infections.
There seems to be hardly anything that ginger can’t help with!
Helps to stimulate peripheral circulation, keeping your hands and feet warm and your brain active.
Aids in stomach issues including nausea and vomiting and sluggish digestion, colic
Pain relief - arthritis, headaches and menstrual pain.
Wards off colds and flu.
Reduce fever and chills.
Thin mucus and help move it out of the sinus cavities.
Ginger is a synergist – it increases the actions of other herbs and boosts their effectiveness by relaxing blood vessels and increasing circulation, thus carrying the active constituents of the other herbs more efficiently throughout the body.
Great for all things sinus – opens and loosens up the mucus to help with draining.
Kills the infection.
Member of the Brassicaceae family (think cruciferous vegetables like broccoli) – a high intake of cruciferous vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of cancers, particularly those of the lung and the gastrointestinal tract.
Beneficial in respiratory tract and urinary tract infections.
Effective for promoting stomach secretions and often used as a digestive agent.
HOT PEPPER - Cayenne or other hot pepper (according to personal taste)
Very warming and stimulates the circulatory system
Offers a more intense stimulating effect on the circulatory system than, say, ginger.
Very useful to promote the movement of mucous from the body.
Acts as an anti-inflammatory, which often our entire body needs, both inside and out.
The active ingredient is called capsaicin – very effective against pain and inflammation.
Cayenne pepper is a common oral remedy for stomach and digestive issues as well as circulation problems.
Strong antioxidant capacity.
Improves circulation by preventing blood from clotting.
Stimulates the brain to secrete endorphins.
Treats arthritis, high cholesterol, colds, coughs, the flu, dysentery and sore throats.
Detoxifies by increasing internal body temperature and metabolism – helps detox the bad stuff faster.
As you can see, these are some very powerful ingredients! All are very warming and stimulating, and they really help the body to kick what ails you.
RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is rich in enzymes and minerals, and it’s unpasteurized. It’s the foundation for a successful fermentation process so the active ingredients get extracted and fully infused together to get the best possible fire cider.
Gives the sour to the "sweet, sour and spicy" in this recipe.
More than just adding a bit of pep to the blend. There are books written on the value of ACV because it's that good for you. Full of trace vitamins and minerals, ACV supports the immune system, helps digest food, prevents indigestion, eases allergies and can help control diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, just to name a few.
We want the acid levels stronger so that the food doesn’t ferment in your stomach.
Raw ACV is the best vinegar choice, in my opinion – when you get an unfiltered brand you get the added benefits of the probiotics it contains.
Helps diabetics control blood sugar levels.
Promotes healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Kills cancer cells and slows their growth.
Supports healthy weight loss.
Improves digestion and absorption of food.
Creates a balanced and healthy gut biome with friendly bacteria.
Left in its natural state with all of its medicinal constituents intact.
This amazing compound has impressive antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties.
Raw honey has been shown to strengthen the immune system and help eliminate allergies and respiratory conditions.
Very soothing internally and is great for soothing sore throats and coughs during an illness.
Local honey can help ease the problems of seasonal allergies because local honey contains pollen from the area, the very pollen that causes your allergies. By taking a daily dose, it acts as a sort of natural vaccination, giving your body a minute dose that can be tolerated and grown accustomed to, helping your body get the ability to fight off the invading pollen from the air.
May help to lower cholesterol when taken daily.
Illness prevention and treatment (especially during cold and flu season).
Potent immune booster.
Note: For those with allergic reactions to bee stings, USE ANOTHER SWEETENER OR LEAVE UNSWEETENED.
Fire cider is very versatile and there are so many other herbs, roots, and peels that you can add to the above ingredients to get the desired taste and strength. For instance . . .
Contains curcumin - main active ingredient and polyphenol responsible for the yellow color) and curcumin has been gaining more and more attention in the world of research.
Anti-inflammatory, Anti-cancer, Antioxidant.
Helps reverse and prevent heart disease, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Fights Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and other age-related diseases.
Organic lemon, slices of fresh oranges, lemons, grapefruit, etc.
Stimulates the appetite by encouraging the release of gastric juices to digest food, and helps provide Vitamin C
Lemons support digestion, specifically hydrochloric acid production (adequate levels of HCl in the stomach are critical for the proper absorption and digestion of nutrients).
Plus, lemons contain large amounts of Antioxidants, Vitamin C, Essential oils in the zest/peel, citric acid, which really supports your body’s ability to detox.
BEET ROOT POWDER
Highest sugar content of all the vegetables and are becoming popularly used as a sweetening substitute. Beet juice and beet powder are used to flavor carrot, celery, and other vegetable juices, and also to color a variety of foods.
Increases bioavailabilty of curcurmin in turmeric.
Bitter cold, sweet, mucilaginous/slippery consistency - soothes mucus membranes.
Specifically helpful for supporting skin health, and is associated with lung and stomach meridians.
This herb is highly effective, gentle, and multipurpose.
Promotes the flow of bile and also increases circulation to the skin.
A mild diuretic and lymphatic.
Balances internal heat, is It is considered energetically cold and having a slippery consistency that soothes mucus membranes.
Burdock is used widely as an alterative and blood purifier.
Can be roasted or use in stir fry much like carrots or parsnips
CINNAMON - reduces sugar cravings.
MEDITERRANEAN BLEND (use any or all or none)
SAGE In the Middle Ages, Martin Luther is said to have asked, “Why should a man die when sage grows in his garden?” His statement is reflected in the herb's Latin name salvia, derived from the Latin word “to heal.”
ROSEHIPS - one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C available.
And many others - just do a google search and be amazed!