EPISODE 7: Apple Cider Vinegar Tonics


Learn how to make Apple Cider Vinegar + Fire Cider with herbalists Deb Lukas & Kimberly Berns!


In our 7th episode, Deb Lukas shows us how to make your very own Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) from scratch using her own apples! After pressing out raw apple cider, Deb then ferments it in a carboy and waits as it turns from alcohol to vinegar using an airlock to aid the process. Apples naturally contain yeasts on the outside of their skin which then eat up the sugar in the fruit. Besides being a delicious seasoning, Apple Cider Vinegar has been popular for cleansing detox diets, weight loss, controlling diabetes, lowering cholesterol, and many other health benefits. It can be consumed internally in some warm water or included in an herbal oxymel. Topically, ACV can be diluted and used for all manners of skin inflammation such as a facial toner for acne or fungal infections or as a hair rinse for dandruff or scalp psoriasis. Later in this video, Kimberly Berns demonstrates how to use your homemade ACV to make Fire Cider, a warming & invigorating tonic that can aid with colds, viruses, flu, and boost your overall health in the winter season. It’s considered a folk herbal remedy so while details of the ingredients may differ across various recipes, it essentially contains a mixture of roots, herbs, and fruits slowly infused into apple cider vinegar. Enjoy in good health!

Deb is a Clinical Herbalist and Herbal Pharmacist with 30 years of experience. She founded her family business Siskiyou Mountain Herbs, and propagates and grows many medicinal plants on the Frog Farm in Takilma, OR. Debbie teaches herbalism classes emphasizing respect for the land, ethical harvesting techniques, and propagation of rare medicinal plants. Kimberly is a passionate local herbalist in the Illinois Valley who loves to share her knowledge with others. Along with other Hawthorn Institute graduates, Kimberly co-organizes Rogue Herbalism, a nonprofit in Southern Oregon which focuses on providing free wellness services and herbal medicine to those in need. They host a free pop-up clinic once a month located at 116 Redwood Hwy. Cave Junction, OR 97523.

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