Terrific Cold and Flu Fighting Recipes, Including a Unique One for Fire Cider

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If you didn’t grow up taking tablespoons of fire cider from your grandma every day in the winter, then you have probably heard a lot about it lately online. Fire Cider is a very old traditional folk remedy for the prevention of cold and flu viruses. There is a good reason that this recipe has stood the test of time and is still around: because it works so darn well! The combination of antimicrobial, decongestant, anti-viral herbs infused in vinegar makes a terrific way to boost your immune system any time of the year, but especially during the winter months when colds and the flu tend to make their rounds.

We are also including a few other folk remedies to fight off viruses naturally, in case vinegar is not to your liking.

In regards to fire cider, there are a set of base ingredients but feel free to add other herbs depending on what is growing well for you that year or what happens to grow wild in your neck of the woods. Have a rosemary bush that has just gone wild this year? Put some of those leaves in the mix. Did you plant a few too many jalapeno bushes? Add some of those! Having a bumper crop of lemons? Add some lemon zest or lemon juice.  One old tradition is to make fire cider in the autumn, bury the jar in the ground to allow the herbs to infuse into the vinegar, then dig it up and drink it during Winter solstice celebrations.

You can take this by the spoonful, add a bit to smoothies, drizzle it over salads, or pour some over your favorite veggie dishes. Traditionally it’s taken during the winter, about a tablespoon each morning (or evening). Should you start to feel the beginnings of a cold, begin taking 2 tablespoons every morning and every evening until the symptoms disappear.

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