• Fire Cider

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    But they’re mostly of the modern day sort. Occasionally, though, I come across a recipe or ingredient that seems like it was pulled directly from one of Grimm’s stories. How else could one feel about keeping dragon’s blood in the cupboard, and enchanted fire cider in the fridge?Though not imparted with any actual mystical powers, fire cider truly is magical in its own right. This tonic is revered by herbalists for its ability to help prevent cold and flu symptoms and/or shorten their duration if they occur, and for good reason. It’s an apple cider vinegar infusion that contains “powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers” that make it “especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.”

    The phrase “fire cider” – traditionally used to describe a spicy elixir used to cure ailments from common colds to killer hangovers – is now trademarked by a Shire City Herbals. Many in the holistic health world are up in arms, as they consider the phrase “common language.”

    Now that they’re trademarked, homeopaths may have to strike the words “fire cider” from their websites, blogs and books, and the online marketplace is removing all products containing the phrase in their titles or descriptions.

    A typical fire cider recipe consists of ginger root, horseradish root, onion, garlic, jalapeno and lemon submerged in apple cider vinegar. The concoction is stored in a mason jar in a cool place for up to a month. After that, you strain the solids, and you’re left with a powerful tonic that’s supposed to “burn” a cold right out of you.

    The term “fire cider” has been around …

    his spicy, sweet, and vinegary concoction is nothing new. People have been brewing up this magical potion for centuries all over the world. I first came across the recipe from Rosemary Gladstar , herbal wise woman, several years ago. It is a winter staple in our house. I value natural remedies to treat myself and my family, and there is just something innately healing about making your own medicine yourself. The best part is that is is made from common ingredients that are easy to find. And like with anything else, quality matters. Be sure to use the highest quality, organic ingredients possible.

    You will need a large mason jar like THIS to make this fire cider. I use a RAW, organic apple cider vinegar (like this) because it has a mother in it and has the most healing properties. You will notice that the directions say to add honey to taste. Make it how you like it. When I am not feeling well, something HOT, SPICY, and SWEET always makes me feel better.

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    1 Comment to Fire Cider

    1. Here are a few facts about the Fire Cider TM:
      First, the herbalists running free fire have been using lies and rumors to scare herbalists, prevent people from getting the medicine we make for them and harassing independent store owners. You can real all their false claims here:

      A trademark only covers the name of a product used in commerce. This means that the only people affected by our trademark are folks who want to sell a supplement commercially and call it fire cider. No one else has been or will ever be affected. Everyone out there has always been and will remain free to:
      Make and take tonics under whatever name they desire.
      Teach classes and workshops on making their version of fire cider.
      Write books, blogs, and articles on making their version of fire cider.

      There have only been a handful of people affected thus far, and they have been able to change their product name to something else and continue selling. A trademark is not about a recipe at all, just the name it’s sold under. No one has or will ever have to change their product recipe.

      No one has been sued, no one has been driven out of business, no one is being persecuted, and no one has been injured in any way. The few people affected were able to change their product name and move on with life. We have never asked anyone to stop selling anything.

      Claims that this trademark is setting a precedent that somehow endangers “traditional herbalists” or the herbal tradition are lacking in evidence. None of the legal experts we have consulted believe there is any legal precedent being set.

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