This fire cider recipe warms the body, soothes a scratchy throat and will give you a boost of energy.
For thousands of years, vinegar has been used in medicinal mixtures to protect, heal, and soothe. Sweetened with raw honey, it was known as an oxymel - “acid and honey” - to the ancient Greeks, who believed it was good for the lungs. Infused with wormwood, garlic, and a handful of cloves, it was thought to guard against the black death.
Fire cider, a cherished version of an oxymel, was championed by herbal pioneer Rosemary Gladstar in the 1970s. Made with raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, fire cider is packed with herbs, spices, and aromatics and tempered with sweet, delicate honey. Its naturally-occurring probiotics support digestion and help mobilize the immune system. Traditionally taken in winter – a tablespoon or two a day – it’s said to be effective for warming the body, soothing a scratchy throat, and providing a boost of energy.