What: Swimming Party
Who: Raw apple cider vinegar, chopped onion, grated horseradish root, jalapeno pepper,
cayenne pepper, garlic cloves, grated ginger root
Where: Clean glass jar
|Ginger root not pictured because, well, I'm a dork and forgot!!|
Mix everyone in a clean jar, put a lid on it and let it steep for 4-6 weeks. I gave my last batch a swirl every few days when I passed through the pantry. To use, strain liquid through cheesecloth or fine strainer. I would drink 1-2 tablespoons 2-3 times per day when I had sinus congestion or a cough. I am going to use it this year when I feel the symptoms coming on to see if it shortens or even thwarts an attack.
Fire Cider is an immune-boosting tonic with antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It can be taken daily as a preventive and also at the onset of colds or flu. It’s an expectorant. It breaks up congestion and helps us ward off respiratory ailments and sinusitis. It also helps to stimulate sweating and moves toxins out of the body, which is beneficial in cases of colds, flu and mild fevers.
Fire Cider is also beneficial to the cardiovascular system. Several of the ingredients support optimal cardiovascular function and are used by many to treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It increases circulation and warms the body, and thus is valuable in cold winter temperatures and for those who frequently experience cold extremities.
Additionally, as it warms the organs of the digestive system and stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, Fire Cider is an excellent tonic for the digestive system.
Many of the ingredients in Fire Cider have anti-inflammatory properties, which prove useful in the relief of pain. It can be taken internally and applied topically to sore muscles and joints. Some have used it to successfully treat migraines.