Several years ago I had the honor of spending my spring, summer, and fall in the gardens and woodlands studying herbalism at Misty Meadows in Lee, NH.
It was such a rewarding experience to embrace Mother Nature and learn about what she offers to keep us healthy and to heal. And as crazy as this sounds, the plants did speak to me. But that is a whole other story…
The tradition of making ‘fire cider’ has been passed down from generations of herbalists since the 1980’s, starting with Rosemary Gladstar. One lovely fall weekend, the tradition was passed down to me to create this immune-boosting, infused apple cider vinegar elixir.
We started with a base of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and added harvested roots from the garden, such as burdock and horseradish, along with onions, garlic, hot peppers, and fresh herbs. The plants we chose were known for their amazing properties to support the immune system, while the cider vinegar was the medium used to draw out all of the therapeutic components from the plants.
Traditionally, you let the vinegar infuse for about 4 weeks and then strain all of the plant material. You can add ground cayenne if you want even more heat, and a bit of honey to sweeten it out.
At first taste it is a powerful, pungent, spicy shot of fiery plant love. The taste shocks some initially, while others just love it.
For me, I was a bit shocked, but then I felt the rush of heat and energy fill my body. I was immediately hooked.
Since I fully believe in the power of this traditional herbal remedy and wanted to spread the love for this immune boosting elixir, I created a special blend for The Juicery/Maine Squeeze community to enjoy. Although I no longer work there, my special blend is still available by the shot or by the bottle.
Fire cider can be enjoyed daily by the tsp. or Tbsp. to keep the immune system strong, kick a cold in the butt, break up any congestion in the body, increase circulation to warm you up, support your digestion system, and boost your energy.
While it was my teacher who taught me this traditional remedy, I can still hear the plants sharing their ancient wisdom in offering us healing and health through their use.
Now, let me share this tradition and wisdom with you. Join me for a combo yoga, reiki relaxation, and fire cider making workshop. For upcoming dates click here!
“We must cultivate an attitude of respect for all living plants and animals and accept them as a gift” – Michael Tierra
NOTE: this blog post was first published in The Squeeze, the Juicery blog.
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