What is Fire Cider Exactly?

Rosemary Gladstar, the herbalist who started it all, gives us the lowdown on the tonic's origins and health benefits, as well as how much and how often to use it.

The Original Formula calls for macerating fresh horseradish, ginger, garlic, onions, and cayenne pepper in apple-cider vinegar for three to four weeks, then finishing with honey.

The combination of flavors is Fabulous -- hot, sour, pungent, and sweet.

Not only does it taste good, but it's also easy to make and uses common herbs that you can get from your backyard or local grocery store.


After Mary made her first batch, she taught her students how to make the fire cider, sold it at her herb store in Sonoma county, and published the recipe in her first book,

"Herbal Healing for Women."

It has since been adapted countless times (including by our own test kitchen!), sold by other herbal companies, cited in several books, and added to the health curriculum at many herbal schools. This stuff just Rocks.