Fire Cider, or as we are all now deemed to refer to it, “fire elixir,” is an age old remedy that helps us fight colds, move through indigestion, power up our circulation… and the list goes on. My favorite part is that it is easy to make and inexpensive to boot. Fire cider / fire elixir / fire tonic is one of my favorite go-to health tonics.

How to Make an Easy and Powerful Remedy – Fire Cider

The ingredients in this elixir are available at most grocery stores. In fact, I can almost guarantee that you can make a hefty fire elixir from what you have at home.


  • 1 jar – any size really
  • Slice of wax paper or a square of a plastic bag (like a sandwich bag) – big enough to cover the top of your lid
  • Any of the following: sliced onions, garlic, ginger, hot peppers, horseradish, citrus, turmeric, rosemary, thyme, honey
  • Apple cider vinegar – I like the kind with “the mother” but you can really use whatever you have

Put all the ingredients in a jar (make sure you chop or grate everything well). Shake. Make sure you put wax paper or a plastic bag between the top of the jar and the lid or the lid will corrode and that’s not good.

Let this sit for at least 2 weeks but the longer the better. Shake it daily if you can, your elixir will be happy!

What is the #FreeFireCider Movement?

The term fire cider has been trademarked by one company. We believe that the term is not something that should have ownership and it should be something that everyone can share.

By blending food, herbs, honey and apple cider vinegar, this elixir supports overall health. It is a folk medicine, not a trademark! Rosemary Gladstar coined this term in the 70’s and the tradition has been shared and created by countless herbalists since.

What Can You Do?

Well, to begin you should create a jar of this elixir for yourself. Fuel your health, warm up in the winter, support a healthy digestion, fend off lingering colds. Much like pizza on bagels, this can be enjoyed in the morning, in the evening and even at suppertime.

Next, support the #FreeFireCider movement by following the Traditions Not Trademarks Facebook page.

“The term fire cider belongs to no one because it belongs to everyone.” – Rosemary Gladstar