Fire Cider

For the past few months I’ve had issues sleeping throughout the night without waking up 2-3 times due to my sinuses. Back in October, I purchased a humidifier that came equipped with a tray for essential oils. My husband and I loved the increase in humidity and were able to get a better nights sleep. It was not until the change in season that my symptoms returned. Since husband’s sleep has been uninterrupted, I’m going to blame it on the cold, DRY, Wisconsin winter air, and my horrendous sinuses. Sinus issues are definitely not new to me.

*Channels inner Sophia Petrillo* Picture it, Philadelphia, PA – Spring 2017. I was attending my in-person meeting with my cohort for a Graduate program. I left my Airbnb around 4am and quickly shuffled down the street to the nearest 24 hour pharmacy to find one dusty bottle of “close enough” Apple Cider Vinegar, and spent the next 3 hours trying to drain my sinuses with steam from the shower. I stayed up all night trying to get some relief until it was time to crawl to campus, eyes barely open, to meet back up with my cohort for a full day of discussions and group meetings.

I ended up skipping lunch to speed walk – like Beverly from The Goldbergs –  to the nearest doctor’s office for a quick walk-in appointment. I continued down the block to the pharmacy and picked up my prescription. I then returned to the U of Penn campus and proceeded to quietly rustle my bag of meds for about 25 minutes during a lecture, until my neighbor kindly cracked open the child proof – and adult proof – pill bottle.

I’ve tried sinus rinses, decongestants, and vapor rubs. Since those tend to primarily treat your symptoms, I’m attempting to get to the root of my nighttime sinus troubles and put an end to my insomnia.

I’m trying the following Fire Cider Recipe, which I’ve switched up a bit. Fun fact, Fire Cider is also really great for boosting your immune system.

Fire Cider Recipe

  • 1 Ginger Root
  • 1 Horseradish Root
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Jalapeños
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • A few sprigs of Rosemary
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Raw Honey

*I suggest trying to use organic ingredients if they are available.

First off, start by grating and cutting your ginger root, horseradish root, onions, jalapeños, and lemon. I started with the horseradish root – which reminded me of a mandrake from Harry Potter – because I thought it’d be less unpleasant to prepare than the onions and jalapeños…I was wrong. My eyes started burning IMMEDIATELY, so I suggest using a trick that I use while cutting onions – put a metal spoon in your mouth, on top of your tongue, before beginning. It works for me, not sure why, but it does.

Combine all of the ingredients in a container with a tightly sealed lid, give a gentle shake, and store in a dark area. Allow to sit for 3 weeks and remember to give a quick shake each day before returning to it’s resting place. After 3 weeks, open the jar, place a piece of cheesecloth over the top of the jar, and strain the juice from the pulp. Add your raw honey to the fire cider and store in the fridge. 

When you feel a scratchy throat or a stuffy nose start to come on, take 2 tablespoons every 4 hours, or add to a mug of hot water with more honey. 🙂