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FIRE CIDER: The Perfect Recipe for Fall Immune-Boosting!

This recipe comes to you from our lovely boutique manager and local Santa Barbara yoga teacher, Rachel Wilkins! Just in time for the Fall Equinox. Enjoy!

Stoke your inner flame and boost your immune system with homemade Fire Cider!!

It's finally starting to feel like (almost!) fall in Santa Barbara. The air is getting crisper, the foliage is turning auburn, and your immune system is probably crying out for some extra help! This is the perfect time to support your immune system and preemptively battle cold season with time-tested Fire Cider. This spicy, tangy, sweet and sour traditional folk remedy is super easy to make and will knock out any viral invaders, relieve sinus congestion, aid digestion, and boost circulation.


You'll need:

  • 1 bottle of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • about 1/2 cup raw local unfiltered honey (we used avocado, so yummy and packed with minerals!)
  • Fresh ginger! Pro tip: use a spoon to easily remove skin :)
  • 1 onion
  • several cloves of garlic up to a whole head!
  • 1 jalapeno
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 24oz. mason jar + parchment or wax paper
  • optional add-ons: fresh turmeric, horseradish, rose hips, peppercorns, fresh herbs such as rosemary, parley or thyme. Get creative!


Roughly chop ginger, garlic and jalapeno and toss into a blender with the entire bottle of vinegar + honey + lemon juice. Do a couple quick pulses, you want it to still be a bit chunky but let the blender do most of the chopping work for you. Pour into a large mason jar, put paper/parchment on top before screwing on the lid (this will help prevent the metal lid eroding from the acid in the vinegar).


Stash away for 3-4 weeks in a cold, dark place and give it a little shake from time to time to keep the ingredients mixed. Traditionally it would be made and buried during a new moon and dug up when the moon becomes full. Try that out if you're feeling witchy ;) If that's not your thing, just stash it in your fridge and let it mingle and steep there. Once you're ready to use it, strain all the chunkies out and drink straight, or add to salads.

Try it out, and be well yogis!

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