Fire Cider · Herbalism · Tinctures · Winter

Our 3 Fire Ciders: Winter 2018

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Fire Cider is a folk remedy. It is used as an immunity boosting tonic and digestive aid and is made from herbal infused apple cider vinegar. Also referred to as ‘Fire Tonic’, we first learned of this recipe from Rosemary Gladstar and our friend Iman, a fellow herbalist. Since then, we’ve developed our own take on this yummy herbal concoction:

‘Blue Fire’ Cider / Flamme bleue cidre de feu

Ginger, garlic, onion, turmeric, black pepper, green chilies, cinnamon, fennel, rose hips, and echinacea flowers.

Blended for its immunity benefits, warming, and digestive aid properties. Our classic fire cider.

Gingembre, ail, oignon, curcuma, poivre noir, cayenne, cannelle de Ceylon, fenouil, églantier et fleurs d’échinacée.

 

‘Dragon Fire’ Cider / Souffle du dragon cidre ardent

Ginger, garlic, onion, pepper, hyssop, plantain, juniper berry, rose hips, usnea, and cleavers.

Blended as a pectoral, helping the respiratory system for those who tend to have their colds & coughs turn into bronchitis. It is blended to help congested, inflamed, and infected lung and throat. As well, this cider makes for a great sore throat gargle as usnea and juniper berry have antiseptic properties. Cleavers are a prime lymphatic remedy and help the body move & flush out infections. Dragon Fire Cider also has benefits for those who tend towards chronic UTIs. When taking this remedy, which is also a diuretic, make sure to properly hydrate. As well, make sure to have a source of healthy probiotics.

Gingembre, ail, oignon, poivron rouge, hysope, plantain majeur, baies de genévrier, églantier, usnée et gaillet gratteron.

 

‘Hearth Fire’ Cider / Braises du foyer cidre de feu

Ginger, garlic, rose hips, wild rose, holy basil, cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne, milky oats,  olive leaf, lemon balm, peppermint,and sage.

This fire cider was blended for its immunity tonic properties as well as its beneficial actions on the nervous system and heart. With wild roses from Gaspésie, olive leaves from Palestine, milky oats, ginger, sage, and garlic from Quebec.

Gingembre, ail, églantier, fleurs de roses sauvages, basilic sacré, cannelle vraie, cardamome, cayenne, avoine fleurie, feuilles d’oliviers, mélisse, menthe, et sauge.

 

How To Use Them

You can take fire cider a number of ways depending on what you are using it for. As an immunity booster, take  1 tsp – 1 tbsp a day. Fire cider also helps with digestion and boosts circulation (helps you warm up after being in the cold). When sick, take half the dose to full dose every 3-4 hours until your symptoms subside.

Note that the Dragon Fire Cider is very potent and it should be taken with a light hand. Take this one by the tsp and give yourself some time off when using as an immunity booster (i.e. 5 days on, two days off, etc).

Ways to take your fire cider:

“Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to organic veggie juice (throw in some olives and pickles — a non-alcoholic, health-boosting bloody mary!), splashed in fried rice, or drizzled on a salad with good olive oil. […]We like to take a tablespoon each morning to help warm up or triple that if we feel the sniffles coming on.”

– Mountain Rose Herbs

You can mix your fire cider with a bit of honey to dial back some of its punch. Mix this with hot water to get a warm tisane.

You can add it water with a slice of lemon.

Keep bottle in fridge. Should keep for 2 years.

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The information found here is intended for educational purposes. It is not meant to replace advice from your practitioner. When using new herbal products, make sure that the ingredients are not contraindicated for any pre-existing medical condition nor medication that you are already taking. As well, when trying new herbs, start with small doses and                                      always listen to your body.