Fire Cider: A Traditional Herbal Tonic
Fire Cider: maybe you’ve heard the name, but what the heck is this stuff? And why should you give it a shot?
Fire Cider is a traditional herbal remedy, made famous by the renowned “godmother of American herbalism” Rosemary Gladstar. (And most recently, by an unfortunate legal battle against brave herbalists. (That includes my friend and teacher Mary Blue.) Luckily, the truth prevailed – traditions stomped out greedy trademarks. Hooray herbalism!
Every herbalist in every region has their own unique twist on Fire Cider. The foundation of this traditional remedy is a blend of herbs and vegetables steeped in apple cider vinegar and honey. That is one of the beautiful aspects of both Elderberry Syrup and Fire Cider , they truly belong to the commons.
The power of Fire Cider rests in its pungent, anti-viral ingredients like Garlic, Onion, and Ginger. The combination of ingredients makes it widely applicable. And the process of steeping these ingredients in apple cider vinegar extracts all of the available medicinal compounds and flavor for one potent, delicious tonic! Fire Cider is known as an effective go-to for clearing a stuffy nose, easing coughs, stimulating digestion, fighting pathogens, regulating blood sugar, and balancing pH. As soon as you need a boost, reach for Fire Cider!
Our Fire Cider is made with organic apple cider vinegar, all organic herbs, and local wildflower honey. That’s it! No hidden preservatives, natural flavors, or unusual ingredients. (We also go pretty light on the cayenne, for a less ‘firey’ fire cider than you may have tried before. The result? The smoothest Fire Cider you’ve ever had!) We use just organic, local goodness. It’s the way that our food and medicine should be.
Like our other herbal creations, Fire Cider is a “tonic“. An herbal tonic is a substance taken to invigorate, stimulate, or restore well-being. Tonics strengthen and revitalize the body. They can have an affinity for a specific system or have a more generalized effect. Tonics include herbs that are nutritious and benefit your wellness through long-term use.
Fire Cider Ingredients
As for the herbal superstars that make up our Fire Cider, here’s a quick intro to a handful of their properties:
Garlic: anti-viral, anti-bacterial, cardio-tonic
Ginger: circulatory stimulant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, carminative
Onion: anti-inflammatory, expectorant, anti-bacterial
Horseradish: anticatarrhal/decongestant, expectorant
Cayenne: circulatory stimulant, antispasmodic, antioxidant, cardio-tonic
Rosemary: antimicrobial, nervous system tonic, anti-inflammatory
Thyme: expectorant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial
Peppermint: carminative, antispasmotic, decongestant
(Wondering what these words mean? They are “herbal actions”. That is, the way an herb affects our body systems. Click the links for more info or reach out with your questions!)
With a good dose of local wildflower honey, our Fire Cider is uniquely sweet, refreshing, and downright delicious! Even kids can’t get enough.
Enjoying Fire Cider tonic in daily life
Ready to make Fire Cider a part of your life? Enjoy your Fire Cider…
*mixed with hot water, in place of lemon water in the morning
*by the spoonful, to clear up stuffy noses, banish sore throats, and support digestion
*shaken up with oil as the most delicious salad dressing
*sprinkled over roasted + sauteed vegetables
*swirled into soups and stews for a tangy flavor
*mixed into a margarita for a spicy, herbal kick
However you take your Fire Cider, you can be certain that you’re giving your body a dose of nutrition that is much needed these days!
We want to see your Fire Cider creations and share them with the world! Make sure you are following us on Instagram + Facebook. You can tag @TownFarmTonics. We’re known to give away discount codes to our loyal Fire Cider lovers and Elderberry Syrup sippers. So, get cooking and get sharing!