Fire Cider Recipe for Fever and Cold

I don’t know how I would get my kids to drink this but I wanted to share it. It seems like something good to prepare now in November to have around!

From The Herbal Kitchen by Kami McBride

Fire cider is a traditional folk medicine for breaking a fever. The vinegar/honey combination helps soothe a sore throat and mask the flavor of the stronger herbs. Take 1 tablespoon three times a day at the onset of a cold.

3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
2 tablespoons fresh grated horseradish
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon powdered cayenne
4 cups apple cider vinegar
Honey to sweeten (at least 1 pound)

Let ginger, horseradish, onion, garlic, and cayenne steep in the vinegar for at least one month. 
Add ½ part honey to sweeten.
 Store in a clean, capped bottle.

Autism, Vitamins, Supplements: The Basics for Healing Autism Symptoms

Fat Soluble Vitamins

There are four fat soluble vitamins, vitamin a, d, e and k. Fat soluble means they are easily stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess than water-soluble vitamins.

These are the amounts that a child 4 to 6 years old needs daily:

400mcg – Vitamin a
15 mcg – Vitamin d
7 mcg – Vitamin e
55 mcg – Vitamin k

Eating a normal, well-balanced diet will not lead to toxicity in otherwise healthy individuals. However, taking vitamin supplements that contain megadoses of vitamins A, D, E and K may lead to toxicity. The body only needs small amounts of any vitamin.

Water Soluble Vitamins

There are a total of nine water-soluble vitamins and these are the amounts a child 4 to 6 years old needs daily:

Thiamine B1: 0.6 mg
Riboflavin B2: 0.6 mg
Niacin B3: 8 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.6 mg
Vitamin B12: 1.2 mcg
Vitamin C: 25 mg
Biotin: 12 mcg
Pantothenic acid: 3 mg
Folate: 200 mcg

Water soluble means they travel freely through the body, and excess amounts are usually excreted by the kidneys.


B12 is such a big deal it needs its own space here on the post. B12 supplements are not absorbed well in the stomach. b12 comes from animal sources naturally in dairy, meat and fish. the body does not produce any b12 on its own.

Vitamin B12 works well as adenosylcobalamin and 50% hydroxycobalamin, taken with the P-5-P version of B6 and methyl folate.


Fat soluble antioxidant present in the body, which can be additionally supplemented

CoQ10 is an antioxidant present naturally in the body, and it’s found most in the heart, kidney, liver and pancreas. CoQ10 is the only fat-soluble antioxidant your body produces on its own. CoQ10 has important functions in the body and because people with some diseases have reduced levels of this substance, supplements are a good idea. CoQ10 is vital vitamin-like nutrient that helps produce the energy that allows our bodies to function. Our cells need it for proper growth and maintenance. It is the vehicle that transports the electrons across the crucial energy production processes within our bodies.  CoQ10 is regarded as an essential nutrient for cell regeneration and supports a long, healthy and productive life. Even cardiologists now recommend CoQ10 supplements to all their patients more frequently than any other supplement, including Omega-3 / Fish Oil.

CoQ10 is endogenous to the human body – meaning that we produce it naturally and we all have it. From our vital organs, to every muscle in our bodies, we find CoQ10 in practically every cell. In fact, the names ubiquinone and ubiquinol (the two most common forms of CoQ10 found in our bodies) both derive from the Latin “ubiquitas” (modern day English: ubiquitous), which literally means “present everywhere”.

CoQ10 plays an important role in the production of 95% of the energy used by our bodies at the cellular level. This energy is generated by a complex series of chemical reactions that culminates in the production of Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP, which is the way in which our bodies store energy. Think of ATP as the equivalent of your car’s battery and CoQ10 as the cable that connects your car’s generator to that battery to keep it charged. Without CoQ10, your battery (ATP) will be quickly depleted and your body may cease to function properly.

Mom Questions and Answers about Blue Zones

I am always reading up about longevity. None of us want to die. We don’t want our family members to die. We don’t want our friends to die. We all usually avoid talking about dying because it makes anyone uncomfortable and worry. But as we get older, we have to think of ways to make ourselves healthier as we become more and more nervous about something going wrong. Clearly we are in an age of prevention and we are getting smarter about it. During the holidays, one of the top selling books on Amazon was How Not to Die. And recently when reading about the Mediterranean diet, which I have thought about seriously for five years now, but still haven’t fully adopted – I stumbled across Blue Zones.