Cyclone Cider - make it!

I am out of my Cyclone Cider vinegar!
Come along with me while I make some more.

In one of my first classes with Julie (Green Wisdom Herbal Study Group) she taught us how to make this amazing tonic.  I'd actually never tried Cyclone Ciderbefore, but I fell in love with it. It's good to take some daily as an immune system booster.  It's also invigorating and can be used in place of coffee for a quick pick me up.  You'll literally feel is course through your veins.  You know what?  It's kind of like a quick slap in the face...in a good way!

It's $12 for only 2 measly ounces at Amazon, but I am going to show you how to make 20 oz of it for less then $10.  That's a bargain baby!

Homemade Cyclone Cider

1 large handful of parsley, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 thumb of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup fresh horseradish root, peeled and chopped (NOT the prepared stuff in a jar!)
5-10 cloves of chopped garlic
1 sliced lemon (with the peel)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or as much as you can handle)
dash of vegetable glycerin
*Apple Cider Vinegar (the good kind - cloudy, not clear)

Combine all the ingredients in a quart sized mason jar.  Then pour the vinegar over it until it fills the jar.  Cover the top with unbleached wax paper and screw on the lid.  Keep it in a dark spot in your kitchen.  Out on the counter is best so you'll remember to shake it and turn it over every day. 


Let it ferment for 2-4 weeks.  Open the jar and strain out the bits. 

Wait! Don't throw out the onion and garlic bits. Eat them! They are nice and marinated, so yummy!

Bottle it and pop it in the fridge where it will keep indefinitely.
I'm in love with parsley these days...I put it on everything!


Now, let's talk about each ingredient and how it helps create this wonder tonic.

Parsley - The oils found in parsley have been shown to inhibit tumor growth and can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens.  It's also rich in flavanoids, which have been shown to function as antioxidants.

Onion - Rich in thiosulfinates which exhibit antimicrobial properties.  Onions have long been used in the treatment of coughs, colds and asthma. Onions have also been used, more recently, in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Ginger - Has antioxidant effects, helps with tummy issues and acts as a catalyst to help super-power all the other ingredients.

Horseradish - Has antibiotic and antibacterial properties.  It helps heat up the body to trigger the immune system.  And...um..it's an aphrodisiac too...fancy that!

Garlic - The sulfur compound allicin (what gives garlic it's smell) is effective against common colds, flus, stomach viruses and candida yeast.

Lemon - It cleanses the stomach and helps strengthen the immune system, plus it tastes good!

Cayenne Pepper - I can't possibly list all the rad things about cayenne, go here.

Vegetable Glycerin - for a touch of sweetness and acts as a preservative.

Yummy and good for you too. The best kind of herbal medicine!
Cheers!




10 comments:

eidolons said...

Hmmmmm. How much of it do you take at once? (As I eye that large glass warily) Does it taste like vinegar?

Thanks so much for this recipe!

Crooked Moon Mama said...

Ha! I should edit that to show it's a shot glass size. Only about 2 oz. A whole wine glass would give you a belly-ache!
Yes, it tastes like spicy, garlicky vinegar. Good to mix with olive oil and toss with a salad too!!
xo

bitt said...

that sounds awfully INTENSE. but healthy. cheers!

Luz e. Howse said...

You're back!

Kirsten said...

I agree with bitt! That sounds like a crazy tonic.

Crooked Moon Mama said...

Crazy, but good ladies...crazy, but good. :)
xo

Long Beach Herbalist said...

Hey! Just thinking I needed to make some of that myself... ;-)
And as a learn-from-my-mistake warning, don't ever substitute lime for lemon. It is SUCH a disappointment...
Thanks for the link! ;-D

Crooked Moon Mama said...

Oooh...no lime...no lime.
xoxo

Jane said...

Thank you for sharing these home remedy recipe! Cider vinegar is popular for its therapeutic effect. I have tried it out on several occasions already but not with other herbs.

Ear candles said...

I usually resort to home remedies first before consulting our doctor especially on minor sicknesses such as colds and cough. Thanks for the recipe.

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