Monday, 2 December 2013

Fire Cider Flu Fighter

I don't normally get a flu shot, so I look for ways to naturally boost my immunity to get through cold and 'flu season. I try to get as much natural vitamin D by spending time outside, but as the days grow shorter (and colder and wetter) this is difficult, so I must remember to supplement with some vitamin D. Many people swear by vitamin C and a vitamin B complex as a stress reducer as well.

However, I am becoming more reluctant to take supplements for a couple of reasons. Often the additional vitamins we take are not absorbed by our bodies and are flushed quickly out of our system. I don't want to waste money on expensive, good quality supplements only to pee them out. Also, I would rather obtain nutrients through natural sources, and vitamins are often made with synthetic ingredients (or even GMO ingredients).

I am trying fish oil for myself and my girls to see if this helps. I found a delicious organic pina colada flavoured version at a local health food store that my girls really enjoy. No really, they love it. It's expensive, but I think it is worth it to get those good omega-3 oils.

I am also trying fire cider, a recipe I found on Pinterest, also known as master tonic. Basically it is fermented garlic, ginger, onions, horseradish and hot peppers fermented in apple cider vinegar. Fire cider indeed! It takes about a month to ferment in a cool, dark location before it can be used. Once the ingredients are removed from the cider it can be kept in the refrigerator almost indefinitely, supposedly.

So far I love my fire cider. I'm not a scientist so I can't test the antiviral, antibacterial and anifungal claims, but I'm going to give it a shot. Besides, in my opinion it is delicious. Not only am I trying to remember to take a tablespoon of it daily, but I also use it as infused vinegar in salad dressings and any place I might want to use apple cider vinegar.

The flavour isn't as strong as I was expecting (based upon the smell) and I can even get two of my three daughters, and my husband, to take a tablespoon of the fire cider each day. The idea is to take it daily as a preventative measure, and more frequently if you begin to feel under the weather, so I'm hoping to convince my youngest to drink it, too. Wish me luck!


  • 1-2 whole garlic cloves, peeled and diced
  • 1 white or yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 large section of ginger, skin removed and diced
  • 1 large section of horseradish root, skin removed and diced
  • several hot peppers (only had 3 from my garden, wished I'd had more), seeds removed and diced
  •  raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • unpasteurized honey


  • Prepare all the ingredients, dicing into small pieces.
  • Add ingredients to a large glass jar (I recycled the jar from my coconut oil).
  • Add the apple cider vinegar to the glass jar.
  • Place in a cool, dark location for two to four weeks.
  • Strain out all the ingredients from the apple cider vinegar.
  • add honey to taste (I added about 2 tablespoons to mine)
  • Return the apple cider vinegar to the glass jar and store in the refrigerator until needed. 

Next step is trying to make my own apple cider vinegar!


  1. I take cod liver oil every day and I LOVE it! I have an unflavoured brand but I am going to switch to Fermented Cod Liver oil in the New Year. Where did you buy yours Ms Rolo? Anyway the cod liver oil has really cleared up my skin and I feel better since taking it. I try to eat healthy but I wouldn't be without my supplements, especially my B vitamin complex - they help me feel less stressed and I haven't been losing as much hair since I started taking them (hair loss at 24 is funnnnnn)

  2. Yes, cod liver oil is awesome, I'm a firm believer for sure. I get mine at a health store in Ladner.