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Fire Cider For Sinus Issues

February 01, 2014

During winter I try to use herbs and fresh foods in ways to ward off colds and allergy issues.  Rosemary Gladstar has a number of beneficial recipes including this - Fire Cider.  This is one of the concoctions that I discovered a few months ago and love.  It's not for the faint at heart - it does pack a punch, but if you try a small amount of it with warm water and honey initially, you just may enjoy the benefits it offers. 

I have sinus/allergy issues pretty much all year, but during the winter, when colds are at their peak, I tend to be more prone to sinus infections.  I use this to not only try to ward off illness, but to help clear the congestion if it does set in.  A pantry staple.

Fire Cider

1 part chopped onion
1 part garlic
1 part horseradish root (peeled and chopped if fresh)
1/2 part peeled and grated ginger
Enough apple cider vinegar to cover 
cayenne pepper, to taste (add just a pinch)
honey, to taste
Combine enough of the first 4 ingredients to halfway fill either a pint or quart jar, depending on how much you want to make.  Add apple cider vinegar to cover and add a pinch of cayenne.
Let the mixture sit in a cool, dark place, for 3 weeks or so.  Strain and discard all solids and add honey to sweeten slightly.
Drink it plain, make a tea with it, or use it as a salad dressing or to top steamed veggies or rice. 
It's strong, so taste just bits of it until you are used to it.  Ingredients can be adjusted to your taste.

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