I first learned about Fire Cider from the esteemed herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar. This is a combination of nature's anti-fungals/bacterials/parasitic and can be taken preventatively to ward of common colds and flus or as a way to shorten the duration of a present infection.
As winter fast approaches this is the time to load up your kitchen and medicine cabinet with natural, healing products! I decided to give this time-trusted Fire Cider a go, here's what I did.
1 bottle of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar-ACV contains Acetic acid, helpful in killing bacteria
8 cloves of garlic-Antimicrobial and loaded with vitamins, garlic helps to ward of colds
1 white onion-Antibacterial/viral and septic
3 habanero peppers-Caution, these are extremely hot! I got some in my eye when I was cutting them up and I will never make that mistake again. If you want to be extra cautious, I would recommend wearing gloves. These peppers are excellent for getting your circulation going and clearing the sinuses
Thyme-Antibacterial/fungal/viral and especially useful for soothing coughs and sore throats
Ginger-This root keeps the sinuses clear, is anti-inflammatory and eases nausea
Take all of the ingredients and put them in a clean, glass jar. Make sure that the opening to the jar is wide enough to easily strain the ingredients at the end of the 4 weeks. Mason jars are great for this purpose. Once you place all the ingredients together, label your jar so you don't forget what it is. There are differing opinions as to how long you should let the fire cider infuse but I find that 4 weeks is sufficient. Shake your jar occasionally and after 4 weeks strain and taste! If you find that it's too spicy you can dilute it a bit by adding more vinegar or some raw honey.