Fire Cider

From Rosemary Gladstar

A very effective remedy for the cold season. Make a batch to have on hand before a cold sets in. This recipe is very tasty, yet “not for the weak of heart”. From Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest (Contributed by Donna Warren).


  • 1 quart vinegar
  • ¼ cup grated horseradish
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons powdered turmeric
  • Cayenne
  • 1 cup honey (more or less to taste)


  1. Combine the vinegar, horseradish, onion, garlic, turmeric, and a pinch or two of cayenne. Cover and let sit in a warm place for 3-4 weeks.
  2. Strain the mixture, add the honey and rebottle. Refrigerate.

Take 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold and continue throughout the day (approximately every 2 to 3 hours) until the symptoms subside.