How to make rose fire cider and what it's used for
Fire cider was originally created by my idol Rosemary Gladstar, the herbalist who started the trend. Adding rose is one of my favorite ways to adapt the beautiful original recipe.
Roses are so beautiful that they have a built-in protection mechanism (thorns). Roses are popular for their beauty, but also their healing properties. They are a symbol of love, and authentic rose products have an extremely high vibration. Everything on earth is made of energy and therefore vibrates within a certain frequency. I am a firm believer that you can raise your own through what you experience within your environment. With an abundance of roses in and around our home this week, I decided to repurpose my rose petals and give them new life. There's no better way than to make some herbal medicine. In fact, Roses have commonly used in traditional medicine for centuries.
Rose fire cider is a vitamin and antioxidant rich herbalist's tonic for attracting abundance, prosperity, love and beauty into your life.
What is fire cider?
Fire cider was originally created in 1970's as Rosemary's attempt to popularize vinegar-based tonics. Traditionally, ingredients infuse in apple cider vinegar for four - six weeks, and then get a generous dose of raw honey. The final product is spicy, sweet, and completely delicious. It's easy to make and can be adapted based on what's seasonal and available to you. Fire cider is traditionally used in the winter due to it's warming properties, however, I make a batch and drink it year round and drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.
How to make rose fire cider and what it's used for:
Making fire cider is simple! All you'll need to do is layer all ingredients into your jar of choice (I use this size), add all of your desired ingredients, and stop with raw apple cider vinegar.
What kind of roses should I add to my fire cider?
Dried plants are usually best suited for infusions because the minerals and nutrients contained within them are often more easily accessed. Fresh flowers will need to infuse for less time because the have delicate petals, and less time is needed for their benefits to infuse into the water. I often use a combination of fresh, organic rose petals from our garden and dried rose petals.
I chose to infuse roses for their health and energetic benefits
- According to Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry roses exhibit very strong radical scavenging effect and antioxidant power
- Its petals are nutritionally dense, containing an abundance of vitamin A, B, C, E
- In Ayurvedic medicine, roses are believed to to balance the heart chakra
- Roses are calming to the central nervous system according to thel Journal of Experimental Biology
What is an herbal infusion?
An herbal infusion occurs when you steep plant material in water or liquid. Herbal infusions are used to introduce the healing properties of specific herbs and plants to the body. Dried herbs are best suited for infusions because the minerals and nutrients contained within them are often more easily accessed.
The og cider
The original recipe, found in Rosemary Gladstar's original book "Herbal Healing for Women." ( a must read ) the recipe calls for, horseradish, ginger, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar and honey. Rosemary sold her tonic and taught it to her herbalist students, who adapted it to include more spices and herbs. I personally can never find fresh horseradish in my region, so it is never added in my fire cider blends.
Ingredients are often adapted based on the medicinal intent of the cider. My thieves fire cider was created with additional immunity support in mind. And this rose fire cider was created to attract beauty, abundance and love as that is what roses represent.
Cinnamon sticks, peppercorn, clove, green cardamom
Fresh organic rose petals and dried rosebuds, raw honey, apple cider vinegar, bee pollen
And the recipe...
- 4 cups apple cider vinegar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon green cardamon
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- 2 cayenne peppers
- 1 small onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 3 organic roses (petals)
- 2 tablespoons dried rosebuds
- 1 tablespoon bee pollen (optional)
- ⅓ cup raw honey (i used pine)
- Add all ingredients except honey to your large jar
- Pour apple cider vinegar over ingredients, being certain no ingredients are sticking out of vinegar
- Use airtight plastic seal to close the jar. If you have metal lids, use a thin protectant seal between the metal and jar, like parchment paper
- Let cider infuse for 4-6 weeks
- Strain herbal and rose contents out
- Pour liquid in in an airtight jar, add raw honey
- Seal jar
- Enjoy 1 shot a day
I let my rose fire cider infuse at room temperature, making sure that all ingredients are completely covered by the vinegar so that it will not grow mold.
After I open the seal to strain and start consuming, I store in the fridge. You can store it room temperature if desired! Just personal preference.
Looking for more healing rose recipes?
- Rose essential oil diffuser blends
- Rose matcha
- Dandelion and rose petal infused oil
- Iced rose and mint tea