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

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Ready? Here’s the basic recipe for fire cider:


  • ½ Cup of freshly grated, organic horseradish root
  • ½ Cup of freshly grated, organic ginger root
  • 2 Medium sized organic jalapeno peppers, chopped (remove the seeds if you don’t want this to be too hot)
  • 1 Medium sized organic white onion, well chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves or a couple sprigs of fresh, organic rosemary
  • 10 Medium sized cloves of organic garlic, chopped
  • Juice and zest from 1 organic lemon
  • ¼ Teaspoon organic cayenne powder
  • 1 Tablespoon organic turmeric powder
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Raw, organic honey (to taste)


  • Cut, grate, and chop everything (except the honey) and place them in a quart sized glass jar (Mason jars work great)
  • Cover all ingredients with the apple cider vinegar
  • Use a small piece of parchment paper under the lid so this mixture doesn’t touch the inside of the metal or plastic lid.
  • Shake well once per day
  • Store in a cool, dark place (such as a bottom kitchen cabinet or pantry shelf)
  • Remember to shake once per day, every day, for 30 days
  • After 30 days, strain out the herbs through a cheesecloth and store the herb infused vinegar in a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze the herbs in the cheesecloth into the vinegar to get all the healthy goodness you can into the vinegar.
  • Add your honey. Start with a ¼ cup of raw honey and stir well. Take a taste and add a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired amount of sweetness.

If you have the following, and wish to make additions or variations, these herbs and/or spices are terrific additions to the basic recipe above:

  • Fresh, organic grapefruit, lime, orange juice and the peels
  • Chili peppers of all kinds
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Anise
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Rosehips
  • Ginger (fresh or dried)
  • Cayenne pepper

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