Make Your Own Fire Cider

Now that the cooler weather is here, I wanted to share an amazing Fire Cider Recipe with you. Fire Cider is a traditional folk remedy to warm the body and stimulate the immune system. It can be used to ward off cold and flu, aid the digestive system, warm the body during cold months, improve circulation, and much more.  Some people use it as a salad dressing, some take it as a shot whenever they feel the need. Since it is a home remedy, you can use it any way you see fit, or that your body tells you to. It has been used for hundreds of years and repopularized in the 70’s by the lovely, kind and brilliant herbalist Rosemary Gladstar.

I want to extend a huge dose of gratitude to some fellow herbalists for spending the last five years in a legal battle to defend our rights to make Fire Cider, and call it Fire Cider.  Rosemary Gladstar, Nicole Telkes of Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs, and Kathi Langelier of Herbal Revolution were sued by a small company that had trademarked this common term that had been used for many many years.  The ladies fought a long hard battle so that we can all use this term, and keep the medicine for the people! I am so grateful to them for their hard work, tireless hours, and dedication to this cause.  You can learn more about this whole case at

Fire Cider ClassI have been teaching people in my community how to make their own Fire Cider since 2013. I love teaching and sharing this information! It’s important that we all spread this knowledge and empower one another to make our own remedies within our own homes. So, should you fall in love with this awesome home remedy, and feel the draw to teach those in your community how to make Fire Cider, please do! This is the People's Medicine!

Now back to how we make this amazing stuff. One of the great things about making fire cider is that there’s really no right or wrong way to do it.  You can get creative and have fun with it. You can mix and match herbs. If you don’t have something fresh available, you can use dried versions. Is there another flavor you desire out of your fire cider?  Go ahead and add it in. Don’t like something on this list, take it out. Do you think there’s too much of a certain herb and not enough of another? Really, you can make it your own creation! I’ve added a list of other beneficial herbs that you may want to put into your very own fire cider creation.  It’s very important to remember that you MUST have fun while making your own Fire Cider! Do it with an Open Heart & an Open Mind! Then go ahead and teach someone you love or admire how to make their own fire cider! Let’s spread the Cider like WildFire!

Cayenne Peppers

Fire Cider Recipe

  • ½ cup fresh ginger chopped: warming, immune stimulant, circulatory stimulant, antibacterial, antiviral
  • ½ cup fresh horseradish root chopped: circulatory stimulant, warming, immune stimulant, decongestant, digestion 
  • 1 onion chopped: Respiratory decongestant contains sulfur (beneficial to the immune system) 
  • 1 bulb of garlic chopped: antiviral, antibacterial, circulatory stimulant 
  • ½  Orange chopped: vitamin C, Yummy! 
  • A Pinch of Cayenne Pepper: Warming circulatory stimulant, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, expectorant
  1. Place all of the above ingredients in a glass jar
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to fill the jar
  3. Place the lid on the jar and store it in a warm place that you’re likely to visit daily.  It’s nice to be able to shake the jar daily to help the herbs macerate and to share the love with the medicine you’re making.
  4. Allow the preparation to sit for 3-4 weeks.  Many people will prepare their Fire Cider on a full moon, and bury it in a special place until it’s time to strain it
  5. Strain the herbs, & reserve the liquid
  6. Add honey to your desired liking
  7. Store it in a cool place, preferably your refrigerator, or a dark cupboard.

I think it’s absolutely wonderful to make your own medicine exactly how you like it, or to just be able to get creative with what you’ve got on hand. So, I’ve listed a few things down below that you might consider adding to your own Fire Cider, and what health benefits they can provide for you!

Fire Cider from Above 

Turmeric: Warming, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, aids digestion, joint pain, endless benefits!

Echinacea: Immune stimulant, lymph mover, antibacterial, circulatory stimulant, anti-inflammatory

Rosehips:  antioxidants HIGH vitamin C & A, flavonoids, immune strengthener    

Astragalus: Sweet, warming, moistening, immune stimulant, antioxidant, liver protector 

Thyme: Great for coughs, congestion, & sore throat, warming, circulatory stimulant, antibacterial, antiviral   

Rosemary: Improves memory & brain function, a strong antioxidant, warming, antibacterial, diaphoretic

Black Peppers: Warming digestive, increases nutrient absorption, diaphoretic, antimicrobial, expectorant 

Beets: loaded with many beneficial nutrients!  And they’re so pretty!  

Jalapeños: Hot, spicy, flavorful, warming, Vitamin C, B’s, & E, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, & so much more! 

Lemon: Vitamin C, great flavor,  soothes a sore throat, cooling, anti-inflammatory 

Cinnamon: Warming, tasty, digestive aid, circulatory stimulant (cold hands and feet?), clears stagnation

Oregano: antioxidants, immune support, antifungal, antibacterial, high in Vit A, b6, C, E, & K, anti-viral

Fire Cider ClassI hope you’re now grabbing a jar, collecting your ingredients, and getting ready to Make Your Own Fire Cider! If you do, please, tell me about it and send me some pictures of your medicine making fun! Until then, have fun, and keep on making your own medicine!


About The Author:

Melissa Mutterspaugh

Mountain Mel Lemon Balm HerbalistMelissa lives in Oregon, in the foothills of Mount Hood.  She's a clinical herbalist, environmental educator, mother, wilderness therapist, lover, nemophilist, music loving maniac, and the founder of Mountain Mel's Essential Goods.  She is passionate about inspiring others to take better care of our planet, through taking better care of themselves, naturally!


Sandra Brinkerhoff:

I recently moved to Florida from Portland, Oregon where I had purchased your Essential Salve from our local natural foods grocery, as a periodic anti itch remedy. I loved it so much that prior to moving I purchased four containers. It works very well on everything including dry itchy skin, sunburn and especially itchy bug bites. It is very soothing.
You need to sell this in Florida! My partner reacts strongly to mosquito bites and your salve is the only thing that takes the itch away. It is remarkable! It Smells wonderful and I’m crazy about the herbal ingredients, having recognized them for their effective healing properties. It works!

Jan 20, 2020

Tamira Hite:

Hello – is there a way you could repost this or send the exact measurements of the ingredients for the Fire Cider recipe as I could not find that in your post.

Thank you,
Tamira Hite

Jan 20, 2020

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