Fire Cider: the ultimate herbal cold & flu remedy!

What's Fire Cider?

Fire Cider is an apple cider vinegar-based herbal tonic revered for its ability to help prevent cold/flu symptoms, and/or shorten their duration if they occur. It’s an immune-boosting remedy with antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, and antifungal properties.

Fire Cider ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it and what’s growing around you. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, and horseradish. However, many other herbs that can be thrown in for added benefit.

Make your own “flu shot in a jar” with us!

We’ll break down what each Fire Cider ingredient brings to the table and teach you:

  • how/when to take it
  • suggested dosages
  • the benefits of herbal additions
  • herbal folklore

Colonial Medicine

New England colonists believed there were 4 bodily fluids called the “humors”—blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. They believed all illness resulted from an imbalance of the body’s humors.

The colonists believed that blood, the most important humor, was formed in the liver and channeled to the heart. After reaching the other parts of the body, the blood was used up, and spirits in the liver made a fresh supply. That’s why bleeding was so popular and came to the New World with Europeans and lasted into the early 1800s.

Bad blood was blamed for just about every ill. Consequently, bleeding became a universal treatment.



Colonists began to fear and scorn doctors. Their “cures” killed more people than the diseases. Consequently, there was a huge distrust of regular physicians

In the meantime, many people in the 1700 and 1800s turned to traditional healers—like herbalists and wise women.

Subsequently, herbal medicine became popular in Colonial America. Families tended to treat themselves first with medicinal herbs grown in their gardens. One of the most popular herbal folk remedies was the vinegar tonic known as Fire Cider.

Did you know?

  • During the Middle Ages, ginger was held in such high esteem that it was said to have come from the Garden of Eden.
  • If you mix horseradish in milk, this will stimulate blood flow in the face and rejuvenate your complexion.
  • When Rome was attacked in 410 AD by the Visogoths, the Romans paid “three thousand pounds of pepper” to prevent the city from being sacked!
  • To dream of an onion meant you would experience much domestic strife.
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