I read the ingredients and thought, "Oh wow, that totally sounds like it tastes like dog butt!" (Pardon my French.) And then my second thought was, "I am pretty sure that is the most powerful combination of germ killers in the entire natural world all in one place. I am going to make it in case anyone gets sick."
So here I am. I bought the horseradish root today along with some whole turmeric root, but besides that I had the rest of the ingredients. I began my experimentation just an hour or so ago.
I had to step away from my culinary processes because my eyes were burning out and tears were involuntarily pouring from my face. Am I making you want to try this? I bet!
I think you probably have to have some serious uh...cojones...to try this thing. I don't think I actually fall into that category, but since I want to, well, ain't no stoppin' me, baby.
So what the heck is in this stuff, you sit by and wonder in bewilderment? Let me tell you what my version contained and then I'll link you over to the original (and perhaps traditional) recipe. Mountain Rose Herb's fire cider recipe.
I chopped up the following like a wild, sassy, sous chef:
1 insanely wild ginger root the size of my hand
1 long crazy turmeric root that looked like a smallish carrot
8 cloves of garlic (I minced these to near squoosh)
1.5 organic onions (I had a half of one left over, hey, why not toss it in?)
1 piece of horseradish root about 7 inches long and 1" in diameter on its wider side
2 lemons, juiced and then their rinds ripped apart like I was a T-Rex
several shakes of organic dried rosemary (I think of rosemary and instantly the words "woody stalk" come to mind. Why? Probably the hair dye.)
That totally insane pile of anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, anti-bad germ anything all went into a glass jar. Actually, two. The jars were not so huge, so I thought it would be more appropriate to split them up.
Then, and only then, did I pour so much organic Braggs apple cider vinegar all over that stink pile that it came to the top. I put a piece of parchment paper in between the liquid and the jar lid as I'm pretty sure that stuff could eat a hole in your sidewalk if left for enough time. I shook it up and then took a picture of it. I think this step is optional, but I bet most people do it.
Now, according to the directions, I'm supposed to shake it daily but keep it in a cool, dry place for a month. At that point, you strain out the stuff (since the lady at Mountain Rose Herbs said it will start disintegrating) and keep the liquid. You then pour a whole hot mess of local organic honey into it so that you don't die when you taste it. Well, she didn't say that part, that was me.
And then, if anyone threatens illness around you, you just grab a teaspoon and your handy dandy fire cider jar and follow after them and they will miraculously get better (either because they are terrified that you will make them sip it or because it will work on them).
So, what do you think? Totally crazy? I guess people swear by it. I'll try anything...once. Maybe more if it is good. Check it out below, a famous herbalist who lives in the mountains is going to show you her version of it, if you'd like to see what your eyes couldn't believe someone would concoct in print - here it is on video.
On that note, gonna go shake my fire cider.
Peace, love and are you feeling well today?