A Heartwarming Fire Cider Tonic

It's that time of year again! Time to prep our wintery remedies and elixers, and squirrel them away in cool dark places until the annual sniffles and sneezes arrive. So, I asked my dear friend Nikki to share her delicious Fire Cider recipe, to keep us healthy and active the whole season through. Nikki is an amazing mama to 3 little ladies, a student of plant medicines, a rainbow warrior, a multi-level entrepreneur and the woman behind IG's @cosmic_conduit. I hope you enjoy her medicine and stories.
Fire Cider Tonic

A heart + body warming winter tonic that boosts your temperature as well as your immunity. Sweet, spicy, sour and pungent all in one swig, Fire Cider, is an acquired taste for some and a soothing sensation for others, I recommend taking it slow if its your first rodeo.

Originally created by legendary herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar in the late 70s, Fire Cider has gained popularity and demand over the years since its debut. If you research online you’re sure to find plenty of recipe variations all with unique additives, usages and intentions.

I am sharing a slight adaptation to her original recipe but just as she does, I highly encourage you to use additional ingredients that you might have in your garden or find in your local grocery co-op. The plants spek to each of us at different moments and in different subtle ways, so don’t be afraid to listen and create your own intuitive variation.


The ingredients in Fire Cider work synergistically with each other to create an inner warmth that not only boosts your immune system but stimulates your body’s beautiful processes of assimilation, detoxification and restoration. Great for daily usage during the colder months but especially useful during a spell of cold/flu which is why you want to prepare it now, as having it on-hand when the inevitable germy season arrives will give you a great sigh of relief.

Onions, garlic, turmeric and horseradish combine their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial and antibacterial power to really show up for battle against foreign invaders especially in the case of upper respiratory distress. The black peppercorns are added to boost the absorbability of curcumin, the main anti-inflammatory component of turmeric.

Cayenne, ginger, cinnamon and jalapeños are vasodilators creating and sustaining the inner fire, making it more challenging for germs to survive the heat. Vasodilators help to open and expand blood vessels which assist in overall circulation while simultaneously moving the healing compounds of fire cider into your bloodstream, with effortless and graceful fluidity. Did you know that when you have a colder body temperature viruses can survive longer? Maintaining a consistently warm body temperature despite the external weather makes it significantly harder for bacteria, viruses and germs to thrive, hence the beneficial warming feature of this tonic.

Rosemary & lemon to cleanse and purify while also adding a little boost in vitamin C to help digest and absorb vital nutrients from this combo.

And honey to tie everything together in this apple cider vinegar base. Nothing beats raw local honey ~ I get mine from my good friends at Rough N Rowdy Honey and cannot say enough good things about the quality of product from this family owned, multi-generational beekeeping bunch. The benefits of raw honey are plentiful but in this mix it really mends everything together giving it a sweet & palatable taste most suitable to the creator, YOU.

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