What is fire cider?
Beloved herbalist Rosemary Gladstar first introduced fire cider to the world in her home study course back in 1981 and has been published in her books since 1991. This relatively new, yet popular, folk tradition has roots all the way back to similar Oxymels created by Hippocrates.
Fire Cider is said to restore and invigorate one’s system, while additionally, many claim it has benefits that include boosting energy, warding off colds and flus, easing sinus congestion, lowering blood sugar, curbing cravings, and aiding digestion.
But what is fire cider really? It is a savory, sweet, and spicy tonic is known as a versatile, all season immune support supplement.
Not just a shot of goodness, it can be used to mix with a beverage, or added to food as a salad topping, in a sauce or as part of a marinade.
So, isn’t all fire cider the same?
Not really! The Bug & Mini Co’s very own Ruby Red Fire Cider recipe is an all organic, fresh take on this popular recipe, inspired by the fiery Ruby gemstone. Rubies are said to have powerful properties offering protection and endurance. This gemstone is also used to stimulate the Root Chakra which promotes physical health and increases vitality. With this well fitting combination in mind, the Bug & Mini team created this blend of stunning Ruby Red goodness harnessing the power of pomegranate, Hibiscus, and Cardamom – making our Ruby Red Wellness Blend the superior choice for Fire Cider.
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What are fire cider benefits?
Well… “the proof is in the pudding”. But in this case, the fire cider benefits come from the wonderful ingredients that go into making this fabulous Ruby Red liquid. Below is a list of ingredients, that we carefully selected based on their ‘magical’ properties. There is a lot that goes into this invigorating tonic, be sure to read up on the first 4 ingredients that make our Ruby Red Fire Cider so wonderful.
Pomegranate – Pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, packed with nutrients and powerful plant compounds. Pomegranates contain punicalagins and punicic acid, unique substances that are responsible for most of their health benefits like: anti-inflammatory effects, may help fight prostate and breast cancer, may lower blood pressure, may help fight arthritis and joint pain, may lower risk of heart disease, may help treat erectile dysfunction, can help fight bacterial and fungal infections, may help cognitive function such as improved memory, and may improve exercise performance.
Hibiscus – Hibiscus is rich in powerful antioxidants and may therefore help prevent damage and disease caused by the buildup of free radicals. Additionally Hibiscus may: help lower blood pressure, lower blood fat levels, boost liver health, promote weight loss, and fight bacterial infections.
Cardamom – The seeds, oils and extracts of cardamom are thought to have impressive medicinal properties and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries and are backed by science. Here are a few ways cardamom may help: antibacterial, antioxidant powerhouse, natural diuretic, may lower blood pressure, contains compounds found to fight cancer, protect from chronic diseases, help with digestive issues such as ulcers, treat infections, improve breathing quality and oxygen use, lower blood sugar levels, liver protection, anxiety, and weight loss.
Hawaiian Red Turmeric – Not to be confused with the typical yellow turmeric. What makes this sweet red turmeric truly remarkable is the high curcumin content, which is about 4 to 5 times that found in yellow turmeric! Curcumin is believed to be the main constituent that gives turmeric its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that turmeric may: increase antioxidant capacity, boost brain function, lower risk of heart disease, help prevent and treat cancer, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s, be helpful with arthritis, and fight against depression.
Black Peppercorns – Not just a versatile spice, black pepper is also used to aid the body in absorption of essential nutrients found in turmeric. Other health benefits of black pepper include: high in antioxidants. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage your cells, have anti-inflammatory properties, may benefit your brain, may improve blood sugar control, may lower cholesterol levels, and may have cancer-fighting properties
Onions – Onions have been shown to have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally may help with regulating blood sugar levels, improve bone health, and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Horseradish – This root contains multiple compounds that may provide health benefits, including antibacterial and anticancer effects. Consuming horseradish is known to cause a burning sensation in your sinuses, nose, and throat. For that reason, it’s often used to relieve colds and breathing issues.
Garlic – Scientists now know that most of its health benefits are caused by sulfur compounds. The sulfur compounds from garlic enter the body from the digestive tract and travel all over the body, where it exerts its potent biological effects. Other benefits include: Combat Sickness to Include the Common Cold, Reduce Blood Pressure, Improves Cholesterol Levels – Which May Lower the Risk of Heart Disease, Contains Antioxidants That May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Athletic Performance Might Be Improved, May Help Detoxify Heavy Metals in the Body, and May Improve Bone Health.
Cayenne Pepper – This great little spice is probably already in your cupboard, but did you know that: May Boost Your Metabolism. The capsaicin in cayenne peppers has metabolism-boosting properties, Can Help Reduce Hunger, May Lower Blood Pressure, May Aid Digestive Health, May Help Relieve Pain, May Improve Psoriasis, and May Reduce Cancer Risk.
Habanero Pepper – Mostly there to add a little extra kick, there is more to these peppers than the heat: Lower your cholesterol. Eating these terrifyingly tasty treats has been shown to lower bad cholesterol, Reduce blood pressure. The capsaicin in habaneros has also been shown to also reduce high blood pressure, fights weight gain, and may even prevent cancer.
Orange – We all know that oranges are heavy in Vitamin C, but did you know that oranges are an excellent source of phenolic compounds — especially flavonoids, which contribute to most of their antioxidant properties.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Most importantly with “The Mother”. You can see Mother as a cloudy substance floating in some bottles of vinegar. The Mother is believed to be rich in health-boosting natural protein, healthy bacteria and acetic acid. Raw cider vinegar may aid in digestion, support a healthy immune system, and help lower blood sugar when taken prior to meals.