In just two weeks after mixing it, you can start putting this illness-fighting, immune-boosting fire cider tonic to work for you.
Traditional Fire Cider Recipe
With all the anxiety surrounding the novel coronavirus, I thought it would be a good idea to share a very potent, effective, and super easy-to-make formula for warding off pretty much any sickness. You’ll recognize this recipe as a type of fire cider (a.k.a. four thieves tonic). Please note that I can’t take credit for creating this recipe, which has a decades-long history in the herbal community.
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This fire cider has an indefinite shelf life. (I still have some bottles that I made almost 8 years ago, and their contents are still just as good as the day I pressed them.) This tincture has saved me from food poisoning, flu, colds, etc., many times. There are places on the Internet selling this for crazy prices, but you can make it for pennies on the dollar.
I believe that everyone should have something like this on hand at all times.
Here is the recipe for all to use:
How to Make Fire Cider
The amount of ingredients will depend upon the size of the mason jar that you are filling. Whether this is a pint, quart, or gallon size, you will need enough vegetables to fill the jar full with the 5 different layers of ingredients.
- 1 part freshly chopped garlic cloves (This is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic.)
- 1 part freshly chopped white onions (Whites have a higher sulfur content and are strongly antibacterial.)
- 1 part freshly grated ginger root (This helps with circulation and is anti-inflammatory.)
- 1 part freshly grated horseradish root (This stimulates the immune system and will help clear sinus and upper respiratory issues.)
- 1 part freshly chopped jalapeños, or habaneros. (I recommend habaneros, as jalapeños are very inconsistent with their heat, and the heat is what you want for circulation.)
- Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother (I find the Eden brand to be the best, and you get your dark amber storage bottles at no extra charge.)
- Use organic vegetables for this tonic.
- You can use a food processor for chopping the peppers, onions, and garlic, but you will need to cut the horseradish and ginger with a strong chef’s knife.
- Smash and remove skins from the garlic.
- Wear gloves when handling the hot peppers.
- Fill a pint-, quart-, or gallon-size jar 3/4 full by layering the above ingredients in 5 equal parts.
- Then, fill to the top with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. You can briefly put the whole concoction in a blender and blend on a lower speed until you have a mash-like consistency. This will make the final product stronger.
- Close tightly, shake, and then add more vinegar if needed to fully cover the vegetables.
Store on the counter or in a cupboard, and make sure you shake it vigorously several times a day. It can be ready in as little as 2 weeks, but if you do not need it right away, I suggest brewing it for 3 to 6 months.
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If possible, make it on a new moon, and press it on the full moon.
When it is done, filter the mixture through a clean piece of cheesecloth:
- Place the cheesecloth into a strainer, and set the strainer over a large pot.
- Let it drain.
- Then, with gloved hands, squeeze the cloth tightly to release the remaining liquid.
Put the tincture into amber storage bottles if possible. If not, then just make sure you store it in a dark place. This tincture will last pretty much forever when stored properly.
As far as dosage, I can only speak to how I have used this tincture. I have taken as little as a few droppers full for something like mild indigestion, and up to an ounce every 2 or 3 hours when fighting something more serious. In these latter instances, I also employ other strategies, like eating a much lighter diet and juicing so my body can take the extra energy that would be involved in digesting heavier foods and use it for getting me well, instead.
What Do You Think?
What’s your favorite recipe for fire cider, and how do you use it? Let us know in the comments below!
This is an updated version of an article that was originally published on April 9, 2020. The author may not currently be available to respond to comments, however we encourage our Community members to chime in to share their experiences and answer questions!
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Brent DuBois is a self-trained herbalist and independent researcher. He has healed himself and his pets of several health conditions over the years using natural methods and lifestyle modifications.