Blog: The Surefire recipe to ward off colds: Fire Cider

Making Fire Cidercolds and flu, Dr. Valerie LaRosa

Dr. Valerie LaRosa shares this age old home remedy for warding off colds and flu, which has been reproduced from the Mountain Rose Herbals recipe.

Fire cider is traditional home remedy for colds and flu, and to help keep us warm and healthy through the winter. You can add a spoonful of it to your food or drink it straight. 1 tbsp daily will keep colds at bay, or take 3 tbsp at the first sign of a cold. You may have some or all of the ingredients in your kitchen already. It’s easy to make, just be sure to let it set for about a month before using.

Make it now and it will be ready to go for late fall and winter!


  • 1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
  • 1 medium organic onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
  • Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp organic turmeric powder
  • organic apple cider vinegar (enough to cover the other ingredients)
  • raw local honey to taste


  • Put all the prepared ingredients – except the honey – in a quart-sized glass jar, cover the jar with parchment or wax paper, put the lid on, and shake well.
  • Keep it in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake it daily.
  • When the month is up, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp and pour the liquid into a clean jar. Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the pulp.
  • Next add in the honey to taste. Stir until it is incorporated. Keep tasting and adding honey to your desired sweetness.

Now, if you are fighting the first signs of a cold or flu, call Pearl Natural Health to schedule an appointment.



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