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DIY: Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic To Cure Bloating & Inflammation

Brandy Oswald
Written by Brandy Oswald

Let me start by saying, I am obsessed with fire cider tonic. It has saved me from so much digestive discomfort. What is fire cider tonic, you ask? Well, fire cider tonic is a powerful, food-based tonic that aids in digestion and immune support.

Fire cider tonic ingredients vary from brand to brand, but my homemade fire cider consists of: red onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon, lime, and cayenne pepper. It has helped me better digest my meals and has nearly eliminated my chronic post-meal bloating, cramping, and discomfort.

Fire cider is also great because it can be used not only as a digestive aid, but as general immune support. It has lots of antibacterial properties from garlic, vitamin C from lemons and limes, the benefits of raw apple cider vinegar, the prebiotics of onion and ginger, and the kick of cayenne. It also works wonders on colds. It's such amazing food-based powerhouse.

So, are you ready to make your own?! Don't be scared. It honestly couldn't be any easier!

Homemade Fire Cider Tonic

Makes: 1/4c. – 1/2c. (depends on use of juicer)

Time: 5-10 mins.


  • 1/4 red onion
  • 5 inches ginger root (2 inches if you do not have a juicer)
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic

Special equipment

  • juicer or a microplane


In a juicer, juice onion and 4 inches of ginger root. (Warning: wear goggles or an eye covering if you have a centrifugal juicer as it will make your eyes tear up fiercely while juicing the onion!) If you don't have a juicer, you can use a microplane grater. (If using a microplane, only use 1 inch of ginger at this stage.) Next, add apple cider vinegar, cayenne, the juice from the lemon and lime, 1 inch ginger (grated with a microplane), and garlic (grated with microplane). Stir. To serve, add 1/2 tablespoon Homemade Fire Cider Tonic to 1 tablespoon of water. Store in the refrigerator, up to 18 months.

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