The holidays can bring cheer and joy, but it’s also cold and flu season. Few of us make it through the winter without an annoying cold or even the flu. There is no cure for either, so treatment options include preventive measures or medications to ease the symptoms. There are however, a variety of complementary health approaches to help prevent the winter nasties or relieve their symptoms.
As in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming”, and it’s important to know how you can protect and boost your immune system to protect yourself from the impending sneeze of a coworker. It turns out that your kitchen cabinet can supplement your medicine chest with natural cold remedies featuring herbs and spices, helping to support your body’s effort to stay healthy.
Many herbs and spices have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
There is no better concoction to bring the healing qualities of herbs together to keep you healthy this winter than fire cider. Fire cider is a popular herbal folk remedy popularized by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, in the 1970’s. It’s taste has been described as somewhere between kombucha and pickle juice. But don’t let that description scare you!
Fire cider is a potent punch that is filled with immune-boosting herbs and spices. This pungent brew is made from apple cider vinegar, onions, garlic and horseradish and sometimes with citrus and hot peppers thrown in. While there are many recipes for fire cider available, below is our favorite recipe from thekitchn.com.
Dealing with the symptoms of a cold or flu is pretty miserable—a sore throat, runny nose as well as head and body ache. At this point, everyone reaches for something that can help alleviate their symptoms.
Combine CBD hemp oil with your homemade fire cider, to experience added therapeutic benefits. Here are a handful of the potential benefits of CBD hemp oil that can make your life a little better when you are feeling under the weather.
- It’s analgesic properties can help relieve different levels of discomfort.
- An inflamed or irritated throat may benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties.
- It’s anti-emetic properties can help alleviate feelings of nausea
- It can help individuals get to sleep quickly while attaining quality sleep.
Fire cider + CBD = A happy and healthy holiday season
Fire Cider Recipe
1/2 cup peeled and diced horseradish
1/2 cup peeled and diced garlic
1/2 cup peeled and diced onion
1/4 cup peeled and diced ginger
1/4 cup peeled and diced turmeric
1 habanero chile, split in half
1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 lemon, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
4 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (at least 5% acidity)
1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste (add in afterwards)
Place all of the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices in a clean 2-quart jar. Fill the jar with vinegar, covering all the ingredients and making sure there are no air bubbles. Cap the jar. If using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the jar and the lid to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well. Let the jar sit for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking daily (or as often as you remember). Strain the vinegar into a clean jar. Add honey to taste. Refrigerate and use within a year.
A few serving suggestions:
- Straight up: 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold, and then repeating every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside. Some people also take fire cider as a preventative during cold and flu season.
- Mix with lemonade or orange juice
- Mix with hot water and extra honey to make a tea
- Mix in 10-25 mg of your favorite CBD Hemp oil
Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.