Nature supplies remedies for seasonal ills

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Jessica Merritt

With the cold and flu season upon us, let us dive into the wonderful world of natural remedies that have transformed my life, starting with the magical elixir known as fire cider. The health benefits of fire cider are truly remarkable. 

This natural remedy is rich in beneficial compounds like antioxidants, antibacterial and antiviral properties, and anti-inflammatory agents.

Fire cider is a potent herbal concoction that has been used for centuries to boost the immune system, promote digestion, and invigorate the body. It is a delightful blend of various herbs and spices infused in apple cider vinegar, creating a fiery yet flavorful tonic that will awaken your senses.

Embrace the joy of crafting fire cider in the comfort of our own homes. Here is a simple DIY recipe:

Fire Cider


  • 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup organic honey
  • 1 medium organic lemon, juiced
  • 1 medium organic orange, juiced
  • ½ cup grated organic ginger
  • 3 cloves organic garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon organic cayenne pepper


  1. In a clean glass jar, combine the apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and orange juice.
  2. Add the grated ginger, minced garlic, turmeric powder, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Stir well to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  4. Seal the jar tightly and store it in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks, shaking it occasionally.
  5. After the designated time, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
  6. Transfer the liquid into a clean bottle and store it in the refrigerator.
  7. Enjoy one tablespoon daily, or increase the dosage during periods of illness or weakened immunity.

By incorporating natural remedies like fire cider into our lives, we can nurture our bodies, minds, and spirits, and experience the true essence of a vibrant and joyful existence.

JESSICA MERRITT offers a recipe for fire cider, which is one make-at-home remedy for fighting colds and viruses during the late-fall and winter seasons.
Jessica Merritt, “Wellness Jess,” is co-founder and executive director of Special Liberty Project, a program for veterans and veteran families based in Franklin. To learn more about Special Liberty Project’s mission, visit