Winter is the season for immune support which means stoking your digestive fire. About 80% of your immune system lives in your digestive tract! In the cold, dark, and damp winter months of the pacific northwest, a little extra kindling to stoke your inner digestive fire, agni, in ayurvedic terms, goes a long way.
This infused vinegar elixir is also known as "fire cider" though I think of it more as fuel to ignite the fire within and activate the body's vital force. Thus, "fire starter" is a easy and delicious winter ritual you will love. I make this seasonal tonic a part of my daily dose of medicinal food. I like taking it as a 1/2oz shot or adding olive oil and using it as a dressing.
Horseradish: hot and dry, expelling, respiratory support, sinus opening, anti-fungal, anti-viral
Ginger: warming circulatory tonic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, relieves gas and bloating
Onion: boosts cardiovascular health, strengthens bone and connective tissue, anti-inflammatory
Garlic: hot circulatory tonic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial
Tumeric: warming, drying, pain relieving, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, liver protectant
Peppers: improves circulation, regulate blood sugar levels, eases joint inflammation, reduces pain
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: aids digestion through maintaining an acidic pH in the stomach, preserves medicinal constituents of ingredients
Raw Local Honey: vitamins and minerals, anti-fungal, anti-viral, seasonal allergy support
1 Horseradish (fresh)
1 Ginger (fresh)
1 Red onion
1/2 Tumeric root (fresh preffered)
1/4 Peppers (jalepeno or other spicy variety)
Raw apple cider vinegar
Honey to taste
Optional: rosemary, beets, sage, peppercorns, lemons, burdock root
Take as a digestive stimulant, a circulatory warmer, at the onset of a cold, or a seasonal allergy attack.
Dilute Fire Starter if you have too much systemic heat or have an active cold.