Jan 27, 2014

Fire Cider Recipe // Portland Apothecary

If you are an herbalist, or friends with one, you've undoubtedly heard about the business who has put a trademark on Fire Cider. It has created quite a stir, and brought up a lot of questions amongst the community, and hopefully isn't a trial run for a larger company wanting to do the same. Both of us here at Portland Apothecary are firmly rooted in Community Herbalism and have made it our life's work to empower people around their own health. So in that spirit we are wanting to share a basic Fire Cider recipe with you! 

This is Rosemary Gladstar's recipe, as so many herbal remedies are. You can take this baseline recipe and play with it a bit. You can add thyme like we do for your respiratory system, or maybe burdock to support your liver, the adaptations are endless. We like to put in a lot more heat! Traditionally you will make this in late Summer and like we do, bury it for at least a month or longer to brew. Dig it up in Autumn and take it daily as a tonic to ward off colds and flu, and to get your circulation running!

Fire Cider

1 part Garlic
1 part Horseradish
1 part Onions
½ part Fresh ginger
Cayenne to taste 
Honey to taste

Apple Cider Vinegar

Chop fresh garlic, onions, and horseradish into small pieces. Grate fresh ginger. The amounts and proportions vary according to your particular taste.. If unsure, start with equal amounts of the first three ingredients and roughly half part ginger the first time you make this; you can always adjust the flavors in future batches. Chop enough of the first four ingredients to fill a quart jar approximately half full. Put in wide mouth quart jar and cover with Apple Cider vinegar (keep vinegar about two to three inches above the herbs). Add cayenne to taste. Let sit four to six weeks. Strain and discard spent herbs. Add honey to taste (add the honey after you strain the rest of the herbs).

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for doing this, trademarking herbal remedies is counter to the point of herbalism. You folks are awesome.