Fire Cider Cold and Flu Remedy, by Rosemary Gladstar

Seems like a good time of year to reblog this post from 2014. People always ask what David and I do to keep our immune systems in good shape.

I haven’t done the herbal fire cider remedy in awhile, but we still keep oil of oregano on hand for sniffing, steam inhalation or occasional internal use if we feel anything coming on. We take Vitamin D (5000 or more iu’s) and Stamets 7 medicinal mushroom blend daily. We keep up our Vitamin C, and I often add Four Sigmatic’s “Defend” medicinal mushrooms to a reishi-cacao hot chocolate I make with macadamia nut milk and vanilla stevia. I also drink one cup of medicinal mushroom coffee each morning. I use a couple different blends, depending on what seems right on any given day.

We love miso soup as an immune booster, and we take elderberry extract if we sense we’ve gotten exposed to something. We like that medicinal mushrooms are adaptogens, so they support whatever needs support on any given day. I can tend towards the autoimmune side of things, so for me, balance is key. Nourishing our whole body, mind, soul and spirit results in better immunity and a happier life!

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Our friend, Martha, posted this video on Facebook and David shared it with me. It combines a lot of things I’ve learned from various people along the way, including what the herbalist I apprenticed with in Seattle called “the triumvirate of herbs: garlic, onion and ginger.”

I also made a truly yummy antibiotic this summer when I had that cracked, infected tooth: apple cider vinegar, raw honey and many, many cloves of garlic. It turned out to be a terrible remedy for an infected tooth, due to the acid-sweet combo, but it certainly clears up any cold or other illness that wants to hitch a ride. (My teeth all healed, btw, through major energetic work that blasted the lurkers in there, but that’s another story.)

In addition, we keep oil of oregano on hand for sniffing, inhaling from a pot of steam, or taking internally in the event…

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by karenjamison5 on November 22, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Laura, great tips! I just learned about all the benefits of miso soup and was going to start looking for a recipe. Do you have a favorite to share? Thanks!

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    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks for posting your question.

      Sometimes I just mix the miso with a little room temperature water and then add slightly cooler than boiled water to it. That is the simplest. (Never boil miso.) Other times I add wakame seaweed. That is traditional.

      Sometimes I chop a bunch of veggies and greens and heat these up with vegetable broth. Then I add a scoop of almond butter and some seaweed. Once the veggies are cooked, I remove from heat and add the miso. It’s easier to add if you mix it with a little water on its own first to thin the paste.

      Mellow white miso is the mildest. The red miso’s are more like an earthy bbq flavor. Yellow miso has a little tang to it. I also add it to pesto for a salt flavor. The biggest thing is don’t boil miso.


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  2. We love our medicinal mushroom hot chocolates 👯‍♀️

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  3. Black seed oil is my daily.

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