Herbal Decongestant: Instant Fire Cider

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Autumn is a great time of year to start a batch of traditional fire cider,  pungent and spicy blend of apple cider vinegar and immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory herbs. It makes a great herbal decongestant and general tonic. But, what if you are congested right now and can’t wait two weeks? Try this recipe for “instant” fire cider.

Currently, there’s a controversy over the trademarking of the name “fire cider” by a company who did not create either the remedy or the name, and is now shutting out herbalists on Etsy and elsewhere from selling their traditional fire cider creations.  Click here to read more about the issue and the challenge to the trademark.

While this is a shame, I do make a version of this traditional remedy (now labeled, “Fyre Cider”). However, if you need it right now, I would still have to ship it to you. That takes time.

A very similar remedy can be made at home, right now, with very inexpensive ingredients. You probably already have some, if not all, ingredients in your kitchen. It’s filled with decongesting, anti-inflammatory, and immune boosting ingredients. I’m not as big of a fan of “hot & spicy” as others, but I can’t deny the effectiveness of this combination.

Here’s the recipe (makes 8 oz):


  • 1/3 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice or the juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey (Buy locally, or you can buy it here.)


  • Add lemon juice, vinegar, and spices to your jar
  • Add honey to bring up to 8 ounces
  • all ingredients in a small jar (like a mason jar or hex jar)
  • Shake well to mix
  • Store in the refrigerator
Traditional Fire Cider | www.HerbalPrepper.com | Herbal Decongestant

A jar of traditional fire cider steeping.

It can last several weeks in the refrigerator, but you will likely use it all up over the duration of your cold. Shake before each use, as the ground spices settle. I have used some that had been in the fridge for a month, and it was still fine.

If you can’t find raw apple cider vinegar at your grocery store, you can buy it here.  Fresh lemons are best, but this shelf stable lemon juice is a great pantry/food storage item. Each expiration date on the ones I have ordered have all been just shy of a year from when I’ve received my order.

When I’m severely congested, I take 1 teaspoon every 15 minutes for an hour Then I switch to every 30 minutes, then once an hour. The heat from the cayenne opens the sinuses, and reduces sinus inflammation. Ginger is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory. The lemon juice provides lots of Vitamin C. I’m not sure if there is an illness that turmeric doesn’t help in some way. The black pepper is here as a synergist. And both honey and apple cider vinegar are well known for their healing properties (plus they taste really good together).  I continue this until I go to sleep.

The last time I was under the weather, I made this video to show how easy it is to make this remedy. Enjoy!

If you liked this recipe, there are a whole lot more recipes just like this in my new book, Prepper’s Natural Medicine, now available for pre-order on Amazon. Official release date is April 14, 2015. Reserve your copy now!

Prepper's Natural Medicine | Cat Ellis | www.HerbalPrepper.com

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