Fire Cider Brigade

Herbalista’s Fire Cider Brigade makes and distributes gallons of Fire Cider each month to provide immune support for our friends on the street in and around Atlanta, GA.  We are so thankful for the volunteers who create these fiery batches and then press, bottle, and label them each month for distribution.   

Fire Cider is a spicy, warming vinegar remedy made with kitchen herbs and spices.  It’s simple to make and a simply fantastic all around healing remedy. 

If you are interested in joining the Brigade, please be in contact with us at 🔥. Currently the Brigade is open to folks who have already taken a medicine making training with Herbalista.  If you haven’t trained with us, we offer a Fire Cider Workshop a couple times a year. 

UPCOMING FIRE CIDER BRIGADE MEDICINE MAKING WORKSHOP is on December 11th from 7 – 9PM at the Little Five Points Community Center. This workshop is FREE.  Click here to register

In our efforts to provide quality, effective remedies, members of the Brigade produce Fire Cider according to our Good Herbalista Practices, available in the Medicine Making section of the website.  

Whether or not you join the Brigade, we hope folks are able to make and share this incredibly delicious and warming remedy with their community.  I first learned to make Fire Cider from the teachings of Rosemary Gladstar who popularized it through her many books and classes.   Here’s what she says about this wonderful elixir:

“Fire Cider is a popular traditional herbal remedy freely shared, made, produced and sold by hundreds of herbalists across the world. The remedy has taken on many different amendments over time, somewhat like chicken soup. Many people have their favorite version, but the base consists of fresh garlic, onions, ginger, horseradish and chili peppers that sit in vinegar for the desired amount of time, are strained, and then a bit of something sweet is usually added at the end. The remedy is used to help warm up the body, and generally acts a stimulant and antimicrobial used during cold and flu season.”

How to Make Fire Cider

Even if we don’t have the pleasure of you joining us on the Brigade, we hope that you can make Fire Cider for your community. Here’s some tools to get you started!

Fire Cider Recipe

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Fire Cider Brigade Service Handbook

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Fire Cider Workshop Outline

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Pressing + Bottling Instruction Sheet

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Fire Cider Gallery


A massive thanks to the original Fire Cider Brigade in Atlanta who rolled up their sleeves to help the Herbalista Free Clinic continue to serve our friends on the street when COVID first hit.  And also to Sara Harmelin, an Herbalista Apprentice when the pandemic hit, who took on the immense task of helping to create the systems you see here!