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Fire tonic or fire cider is a traditional remedy made popular by Rosemary Gladstar. It is a folk remedy that uses food ingredients to increase circulation and boost the immune system.


  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 4 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 inch piece of turmeric, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 heads of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 hot peppers, thinly sliced, including seeds
  • ¼ cup rosehips, deseeded, dried
  • ¼ cup hibiscus, dried
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar or kombucha vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups raw honey, liquid (optional)


  1. Prepare fruit, herbs, and spices. Place into 1 quart mason jar.
  2. Cover with vinegar.
  3. Cap tightly.
  4. Shake the jar.
  5. Top up with more vinegar, if necessary to ensure the herbs are fully covered.
  6. Set aside on a plate in a warm spot. Shake daily.
  7. After 3 or 4 weeks, strain out herbs. Use the herbs in cooking. Reserve the infused vinegar.
  8. Optional:Make an oxymel by adding 1 to 1 ½ cups of honey to 3 cups of infused vinegar.

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