Fire Cider (also called Master Tonic sometimes) is one of my favorite winter remedies for several reasons.
First, it's very effective; made with ingredients such as garlic, ginger and cayenne, it is seriously anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.
Second, the apple cider vinegar that is the medium for this concoction is not only a great preservative, so it will keep for a long time, but it has a plethora of health benefits itself, such as killing bacteria and soothing inflammation.
Last, and perhaps best, is that it is so easy to make!
Here's a step-by-step tutorial showing you just how simple it is to make your own cold and flu prevention remedy, so you can be prepared for the winter season:
1. Mince garlic, onion, ginger, cayenne, turmeric and any other ingredients you would like to add, such as horseradish, rosemary or oregano.
2. Add all ingredients to a clean glass jar. I've also added a bit of black pepper, since it helps the other ingredients to be more bio-available.
3. Cover the ingredients with apple cider vinegar by about an inch. The ingredients may float to the top at first.
4. Place lid tightly on jar and store in a dark, cool place. Shake daily for a few weeks.
That's it! Easy peasy! Once the mixture has macerated for a few weeks, you can start using the liquid. You can do that either by straining out the chunks, or, if you're like me, just leave them in and pour the liquid off the top when you need it.
Take a spoonful, diluted in water, every day for prevention. Or, if you are already sick, take it every few hours.
Have you made Fire Cider before? What are your favorite ingredients to include? Let me know in the comments!