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!
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!
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