We held a class a few weeks ago where we made fire cider, which is one of the most powerful, natural immunity boosters money can buy – especially as the cold season kicks into high gear.
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Why fire cider?? Let us count the ways….
- Fresh horseradish is known to be effective against the flu and common cold, tonsillitis, respiratory disorders, urinary tract infections, and pathogenic fungus.
- Ginger is used to treat arthritis, muscle pain, upset stomach (motion and morning sickness and general nausea), gas, upper respiratory tract infections, and cough.
- Onions are used to boost cardiovascular health, bone and connective tissue benefits, and as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Garlic is used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, atherosclerosis, asthma, building the immune system, help level blood sugar, and is used topically to treat fungal infections.
- Habanero peppers boost your metabolism, and offer headache, sinus, and arthritis relief as well as releasing endorphins.
- Oranges are great for heart health, as part of a best-case-scenario-anti-cancer-diet, fighting cholesterol, to help in weight loss, and to break up or prevent kidney stones.
- Lemons are known to aid in digestion, alleviate Meniere’s Disease (a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree), kidney stones, and ringing of the ears, cure scurvy (chronic lack of Vitamin C), treat colds and flu, improve the function of blood vessels, and reduce inflammation and retention of water.
- Turmeric is pretty much the be-all and end-all of health foods. It’s known to delay liver damage, reduce carcinogenic compounds in other foods, make cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo and radiation, inhibit the growth of malignant melanoma and breast cancer, alleviate arthritis symptoms and skin conditions.
- Raw apple cider vinegar (not plain old cider vinegar) is known to be a good source of acetic and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), mineral salts, amino acids, and other key components of good nutrition
- Raw honey (locally produced) is a fantastic, all-natural fighter of seasonal allergies. Because bees collect pollen from flowers in your area and then convert it to honey to feed their hives, eating raw, local honey is like a tasty allergy shot. It’s also full of vitamins and minerals, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and makes a great, non-narcotic cough suppressant and throat soother.
The beauty of this, beyond its all-star cast of healthy ingredients, is that it just plain tastes wonderful. We drink a tablespoon (or more!) every morning to maintain health. When you feel ill, take a slightly larger dose to help boost your immune system.
If it seems overwhelming to make this immunity elixir, I promise it’s not so bad. It does take time but it lasts forever! Just make a large batch so you don’t have it to make it very often!