Winter TLC Fire Cider (Immune-Boosting Oxymel Tonic)

January 5, 2023
Fire Cider has always been one of my favorite immunity-boosting tonics to help keep winter cold and flu at bay!

This Winter TLC Fire Cider is a natural remedy that can be taken (1 tablespoon daily) to aid digestion and reduce inflammation throughout the body. It also works as an anti-viral, an anti-bacterial, and a decongestant. I recommend taking this tonic once daily during cold and flu season, or if you prefer, you can take it at the first sign of a cold. Can be added also to smoothies or with your favorite salad dressing.

Fire cider can be made with whatever you fill drawn to for the season! Basics include; onion, garlic, ginger, fresh horseradish, citrus, spicy peppers, herbs and spices.

This natural remedy is super versatile! This year I’m playing with ingredients and used Echinacea too. Echinacea is well-known to help combat the common cold and other infections.

Feel free to have fun making this potion. There is no strict rule when it comes to this oxymel.

I do not add any sweeteners in my Fire Cider but you can add some agave or maple syrup if you like yours less sour.
two glasses of yellow immune boosting tonic with lemon against a marbled background

Winter TLC Fire Cider (Immune-Boosting Oxymel Tonic)

Recipe Type: Beverages Detox
utensils YIELDS 1 litre
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  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 cup Horseradish, fresh
  • 2 Jalapeños
  • 6 Garlic, cloves
  • 2 inches Ginger root
  • 1 tablespoons Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup Echinacea, dried
  • 2 tablespoons Rosemary, dried
  • 1 litre Apple cider vinegar, with the mother
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1. Place your ingredients, all chopped up in a big jar, add the apple cider vinegar until covered and put a lid on it.

2. Keep in a cool dark place for 4–6 weeks, shaking daily if possible!

3. Once ready, strain the vinegar and bottle. Keep at room temp for 6 months or in the fridge for up to 18 months!

Hope you all give this a try!

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Photo: Yana Iskayeva via Unsplash (2 glasses with orange slices); Roberta Farrugia (rest)

Roberta Farrugia
Roberta Farrugia is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist specialized in Plant Based Nutrition and Weight Loss. She has been an Ethical Vegan for the past 25 years and is very passionate about Vegan and Plant based cuisine. She is all about living with intention. She focuses her work on encouraging healthy eating combined with self-love, care and worth. Follow Roberta on Facebook and Instagram @powehibyroberta.


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