3-III's Herbal Fire Cider follows the following ingredients. The ingredients is what makes Fire Cider probably the best preventive cold/clu remedy on the market today.
This versatile, tasty, albeit stinky, medicinal herb is widely known to help boost your immune system. One of the ways it does this is by stimulating the production of white blood cells in your body, who in turn attack and fight against invaders like harmful bacteria and viruses. The sulfur compounds in garlic also increases blood flow and overall circulation.
Allicin is one of the key immune-stimulating nutrients in garlic, but is slightly reduced when garlic is cooked, so raw garlic is the most potent and beneficial for immunity.
Similar to garlic, onion contains immune-boosting allicin and also helps to increase circulation – to sweat that infection out! A unique secret-weapon that lies within onion is quercetin. Quercetin is a plant pigment, often used for allergy symptom relief as it is believed to reduce histamine response and inflammation. A 2014 study at the University of Michigan described quercetin as a “promising treatment for the common cold”, exploring its antioxidant and therapeutic properties, such as the ability to reduce viral replication and lung inflammation.
This pungent root vegetable, part of the mustard/brassica family that also includes kale and broccoli, uses its heat (similar to hot peppers) to increase your blood flow, body temperature, and digestion to keep that crud moving through and out of your body through increased sweat and urination. It also has antibacterial properties to fight sinus infections and can help stimulate your lungs to assist with coughing and keeping your chest loose and “productive”. When you are grating or processing this ingredient, open a window! It can definitely sting your eyes and throat.
Please note: It is recommended to avoid the consumption of horseradish if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It could be omitted from this recipe as needed.
For extra antioxidants and inflammation-fighting. You all know how much I love turmeric. If you cannot get fresh rhizomes, you can substitute with turmeric powder, though in my experience it does not mix in super well and can make for a more chalky end-product.
As with the horseradish, it is best to use fresh ginger root. This is a favorite in this house! We add it to meals, fermented food recipes, and teas on a regular basis. Rosemary Gladstar describes ginger as “wonderfully warming and decongesting”. Enzymes present in ginger reduce inflammation, is used to ease nausea and stomach aches, activates your immune system, and soothes sore throats.
Apple Cider Vinegar
In a nutshell, ACV is full of probiotics that support gut health, which is directly correlated with whole-body wellness. Its active ingredient, acetic acid, is a known antioxidant. It can help reduce blood sugar spikes and blood pressure, has anti-carcinogenic properties, and boosts the immune systems in those who regularly consume it.
Cayenne Peppers (or other available hot peppers)
Capsaicin is one of the active ingredients in cayenne peppers, and all other chili peppers for that matter – the one that makes them so hot. The heat it brings not only makes you slobber and snot and cry (super cute, yeah?), it also stirs up your circulation system, warms your body, and serves as a decongestant, expectorant, and pain reliever all at once.
Chili peppers are also high in vitamin C and A – good friends to have around when you are sick. Use caution (and maybe even gloves) when handling hot peppers! The oils can soak into your skin, and if you touch your eyes or pick your nose afterwards, it can burn the holy hell out of them, even after washing your hands “super well”.
“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”! Honey is added after the infusion and separation process described below. It does help bring balance to make this spicy cider more tolerable to heat-wimps like myself, but that is not all! Honey coats and soothes sore throats.
It may also reduce allergies by exposing you to local pollens. It is like a natural immunization – stimulating then reducing your reactive responses. For strict vegans who avoid honey, you can either brave it and go sans-sweetener or use a natural plant-based replacement like maple or agave syrup.
Suggested dosage – 1-2 Tablespoons a day