Fider cider is one of those grandmother alchemies that sat on the kitchen counter and was administered (as a treat) to the children. It is a prime example of the people’s medicine. It is a modern cousin of Thieves Oil that reported wiped out and warded off the plaque. It is a full medicine for the body’s systems.
Yes, it tastes great; hot, sour, pungent and sweet. It is a warming tonic that soothes. The natural way of our body is a most complex and magical functioning. It knows what to do to keep us in homeostasis. This blend is just to give it the fuel required. It is not a medicine as much as it is a magical food.
The base is fermented for 8 weeks in my homebrew of Apple Cider Vinegar. The characters include ginger, garlic, onion, turmeric, horseradish, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cayenne, lemons and oranges, dandelion and burdock root. All except the ginger and onions have been harvested from the land of the Purple Carrot Club.
For special purpose, I added the essential oils and hydrosol of pine needle tips, coffee berries and star anise which was made in my apothecary. The fruit from coffee bean that has been fermented to release it’s antioxidant power and honey in its’ pure and unpasteurized state.
This is a tonic to keep you healthy and hearty. It is a protection and a rebuilder. This blend considers the plagues affecting us today.
The participants benefits:
Apple Cider Vinegar — a digestive aid that fights bacteria and viruses.
Horseradish — helps alleviate sinus congestion and headaches and cleanses the colon
Ginger — helps with digestion, infections and nausea.
Garlic —has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Allicin (the smell of garlic), helps regulate cell death.
Onion — has similar properties to garlic but is also great for preventing (or recovering from!) colds and the flu.
Lemon and Orange Peels – Vitamin C, immune system
Coffee Berry Essential Oil and Hydrosol – a powerful antioxidant and another source fo vitamin C
Cayenne Pepper — helps move blood through your cardiovascular system. Blood circulation = healing.
Raw Honey — soothes inflamed tissues, suppresses cough, anti-bacterial.
Pine Needles and Star Anise (I talk about this in this article in depth)
Dandelion and Burdock Root Blood cleansers and fortifiers. Friends of the liver
This tonic is great as a salad dressing, a marinade or added to other fermentations. You can drink it plain, use it in cooking, or mix with water, seltzer, juice, or tea.
This is a fun elixir to make with many of the products coming from the purple carrot land.
Eight week Ferment of Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Horseradish, Onion, Lemon and Orange Peels, Thyme, Rosemary, Cayenne Pepper, Oregano blended with Pure Honey, Essential OIl and Hydrosol of Pine Needle Tips, Star Anise, Cherries of Coffee (berries), Tincture of Dandelion and Burdock Root
A maintenance dose is 1 tsp with every big meal (2 x daily). For increased immune response double or triple as you body suggests. Shake well before use.