Fire cider vinegar.
Fire vinegar is an old folk remedy which infuses cold & flu preventing herbs, vegetables and spices in cider vinegar. It was used as a tonic, especially during winter, to help ward of the unwanted illnesses that were rife!
Traditionally fire cider vinegar was made with horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger and chilli peppers – but, as our knowledge of immune boosting herbs and plant-based medicine has increased, so has our recipes for this wonderful herbal vinegar.
I thought I would share my recipe which uses Kombucha (a fermented tea based drink) vinegar instead of traditional apple cider vinegar.
There are many health benefits from using Kombucha vinegar instead of Apple Cider.
Kombucha contains gluconic acid. Apple Cider Vinegar does not (although it is still amazing!) Gluconic acid contributes to cleansing and detoxification and also has many antiseptic and chelating (removing heavy metals from the bloodstream) properties.
Read here for more info on the differences between Kombucha and Apple Cider Vinegar: https://bioticsolutions.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Kombucha-or-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-1.pdf
As well as this, Kombucha vinegar contains all the antioxidants of the tea they were made from – and because it is fermented, are more bio-available to the body!
Time for the recipe!
- 1tsp ground turmeric (I also used some grated fresh turmeric)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 20 peppercorns
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- 1/4 cup grated ginger
- 3/4 chilli peppers
- Juice & peel of 1 lemon
- Peel of 1 orange
- 1 tbsp honey
Chop all of the ingredients and pop into a 1ltr jar.
Top jar up with kombucha vinegar and stir in honey.
Pop the lid on the jar and give it a good shake to mix up all the ingredients.
Leave the vinegar to infuse for a minimum of 14 days but a full lunar cycle (or more) is best.
Take 1-2 tablespoons at the first signs of an onset of cold/flu symptoms.
You can take it straight or if you are feeling less brave just pop it in some hot water with a teaspoon of honey to make it more palatable.
Fire vinegar is also great in salad dressings, as an extra kick – or tossing roasted vegetables in.
Whatever you use it for, this healing vinegar is a brilliant and easy home remedy!
Let us know if you try it out.
The Plant Path Folk