Rosemary Gladstar's Fire Cider

Rosemary Gladstars is a superhero who has been in the herbal movement since the 1970s. She created the first herbal school, the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, California in 1978.

Fire Cider was a tonic created by Rosemary Gladstar in the 1980s. There is an interesting story behind people trying unsuccessfully to trademark the name "Fire Cider", and if you are interested in reading about it, you can click here.

What is Fire Cider?

Fire Cider is a tonic of apple cider vinegar, vegetables, herbs, and honey. These immune-boosting ingredients make fire cider anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-fungal, so this is a fantastic tonic to take all winter to keep colds/flu at bay. Most people who use Fire Cider usually will take one ounce/day. If you feel you may have a cold/illness coming on you can increase it to 2-3 ounces a day.

The recipe below could be considered a "base" recipe. You will find that you can add all kinds of great ingredients to make this healthy tonic your own!


One bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar (make sure it's raw unpasteurized and organic!)
1/2 cup Grated Horseradish Root - (tip: you can use a vegetable peeler instead of a grater to make strips instead of grating it)
1/3 cup or more fresh Chopped Onion
1/4 cup or more Chopped Garlic
1/4 or more Grated Ginger
Chopped fresh or dried Cayenne Pepper 'to taste,' meaning it should be hot, but not so hot you can't tolerate it. It is better to make it a little milder than too hot (you can always add more pepper to taste later if you like.)
Optional ingredients: turmeric, echinacea, lemon slices, orange slices, cinnamon, and herbs such as thyme and rosemary.

  1. Place herbs in a 1/2 gallon canning jar.

  2. Fill with enough apple cider vinegar to cover the herbs by 3-4 inches.

  3. Cover tightly with a tight-fitting lid and let sit in a warm place and let it sit for 3-4 weeks. It is best to shake it every day, so keep it in an area where you will see it.

  4. After 3-4 weeks, strain out the herb mixture and add honey to taste. Your fire cider should taste, hot, spicy, and sweet.

  5. Rebottle it and enjoy! This will keep for several months on your shelf but can also be stored in the refrigerator for a longer time.

    For more ideas for health-boosting tonics, we highly recommend her book, "Fire Cider!: 101 Zesty Recipes for Health-Boosting Remedies Made with Apple Cider Vinegar".