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Cold & Flu season = Fire Cider!!!

Earlier this year I started searching for home remedies for cold and flu season, mainly because our eldest has a rare heart/lung condition and is on Warfarin and most over the counter treatments either interact with his medication or with his heart.  I stumbled across one, then two, then half a dozen websites all with a recipe for something called ‘Fire Cider’ on them.

My curiosity was peaked.  What was this Fire Cider?  Was it easy to make?  Did I have the necessary ingredients on hand?  The answer to the first is in the list of ingredients – mainly because it has a whole Habanero Chilli in it! The answer to the last two questions is YES!

As an adult, I take about a tablespoon 3 times a day, and for the kids I give 10mls in orange juice.  And be warned, as a straight shot, it takes your breath away and it BURNS baby!

My double batch of ingredients - just missing the bay leaves


I decided to add extra herbs and spices to the base recipe I found, each one for their great medicinal properties and I’ve tweaked the base recipe to suit our family as well.  This time around I made a double batch so we don’t run out again!



Cold & Flu season = Fire Cider!!!


  • ½ cup Horseradish, peeled & diced (don’t panic if you can’t find this, I haven’t been able to track down horseradish for under $50/kg!)
  • 1 whole bulb of Garlic, peeled & diced
  • 1 whole Onion, peeled & diced
  • ¼ cup Ginger, peeled & diced
  • ¼ cup Turmeric, peeled & diced (if you can’t find this fresh, you could substitute for 1 – 2 tablespoons of powdered Turmeric instead)
  • 1 whole Habanero Chilli, split in half
  • 1 medium Orange, quartered and thinly sliced
  • ½ Lemon, quartered and thinly sliced
  • ½ Lime, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh Thyme (you could chop it if you like, I just strip it off the stem though)
  • 1 tbsp black Peppercorns
  • Raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 10 Cloves
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ¼ cup Raw Honey, or to taste


  1. Place all the ingredients into a clean 1 litre jar, making sure the Apple Cider Vinegar covers all the ingredients and there are no air bubbles. If you’re using a metal lid, place a piece of baking or waxed paper in between the lid and the jar to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well.
  2. Let the jar sit for 3 – 6 weeks (so far, I haven’t made it past the 3 week mark thanks to colds hitting the family) in a dark part of your cupboard (or store in a brown paper bag), and shake daily.
  3. Strain into a sterilised 1 litre jar and add raw honey to taste. Refrigerate and use within 1 year.
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Take 1 tablespoon a day at the first sign of a cold or flu, and repeat every 4 hours until symptoms subside. Just a warning though, having it this often usually causes an increase in time spent on the toilet! I take it 3 times a day, and give it to the kids only 1 – 2 a day. You can mix it with orange juice if you like, or with extra honey and hot water to make a tea.
I reckon this would be great in a marinade for chicken, so if anyone wants to try it out for me, I’d love to hear how it goes! We’re not exactly hot and spicy lovers in this family . . .


* Originally posted on 19th August, 2014