Have you tried fire cider yet? It’s a longtime favorite in the herbal community, this DIY tonic is finally gaining mainstream popularity!

It was created by Rosemary Gladstar, a respected herbalist in the 1970s.

Image: Nourish Cafe in Westborough, MA

Listed below are the benefits of some of the ingredients:


Apple-cider vinegar is a great digestive aid.


Horseradish is the number-one herb for combating sinus congestion and headaches. It clears your sinuses better than anything; even when you’re just grating it, by the time you’re done, your sinuses are wide open.


Ginger is a warming circulatory herb that’s wonderful for digestion. It also helps fight infection and is good for nausea.


Garlic is the poor man’s penicillin. It has broad-spectrum antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and is an excellent aid for fighting infection. It also produces a heat that helps lower cholesterol.


Onions have similar properties to garlic and are also good for colds and flus.


Cayenne pepper is one of the best cardiovascular herbs. It helps your immune system mobilize and moves blood through the system.


Honey is very soothing for inflamed tissues and organs, but its primary purpose is as a harmonizer or buffer. It helps blend all the flavors in fire cider and makes it palatable not just to your taste buds, but to your whole digestive system.

Our recipe also has

  • turmeric
  • dandelion
  • lemongrass 
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • mint
  • black radish
  • coriander

These ingredients are anti-inflammatory, digestive aids and immune boosters, packed with nutrients and  antioxidants!

You can make your own Fire Cider at home or if you are near Westborough, MA you can drop in to Nourish Café and get one of our immune boosting home-made cider shots! Nourish Cafe at Release Well-Being Center, 201 Turnpike Road Westborough, MA 01581

To learn more about the Nourish Cafe and view the full menu of delicious and healthy food in Westborough click here.