Rosemary Gladstar popularized this remedy, gave it the name Fire Cider and has written and taught about it extensively throughout her long herbal career. Here is a video of her discussing and making her version of Fire Cider.
“The thing is, Shire City did not invent the name “fire cider.” That name has been around for decades (if not longer) and was coined, or at least made famous, by Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain. Shire City was just the first to legally claim it as its own. It now officially belongs to them, not to all of us fire cider makers. It’s as if they took the name of their grandmother’s family recipe and slapped a trademark on it, preventing any other grandchildren from calling their versions of the recipe the original name. What was once a part of herbal folklore is now legal property of a business.” ~Steph Zabel: Herbalist, Ethnobotanist & Plant Educator
“Herbal medicine has a long history of being the people’s medicine. The knowledge of traditional and historical plant-based remedies has been a SHARED one; handed down through families and communities by many generations of healers, mothers and fathers, grandmothers/fathers, aunts/uncles, etc.” ~Sue Kusch
“…someone from the company [Shire City] or their counsel contacted Etsy and Amazon and that a number of small herbalists were shut down . They insisted on their right to trademark the name, describing its use as unknown before they publicized it. Given the patently untrue assertions, the high regard Rosemary Gladstar is held in and the history of fire ciders, the herbal community erupted with petitions that picked up thousands of signatures in a few hours, calls for boycotts and the Shire City Fire Cider Facebook page was flooded with critical comments.” ~Karen Vaughan
“Herbalism is intrinsically about lots of people sharing, modifying, and adapting practices to their local landscape or the needs of their community. To share something as if you’re the only place it can be gotten doesn’t empower people to take care of their own health; that’s not what herbalism is about. It’s great if they want to buy it from you because they don’t have time to make their own, or yours is of really excellent quality, but they should know, too, that anyone can make this stuff, and that traditionally, everyone did.” ~Ryn Midura
“…it is most important that the name and product “Fire Cider” be returned to its rightful owners, the herbal community, many who have been making, using, and selling Fire Cider longer than Shire City Herbals has been in existence. When I first made Fire Cider, named it such, and taught hundreds of other people how to make it through my books, videos, classes, and conferences, I never imagined for a moment that anyone would think they could claim it as their own, or worse, deny others the right to sell it.” ~Rosemary Gladstar
I agree with Rosemary and all the other herbalists. As with so many folk remedies that have been passed down from generation to generation, Fire Cider belongs to the herbal community. If you feel the same way, I invite you to stay up to date on all the Fire Cider news here and to sign the petition. Then, make your own Fire Cider, give it away, share the recipe and heck, even sell it!
This Saturday I am offering a workshop on herbal vinegars and oxymels and the infused vinegar we are going to make is a bottle of Fire Cider that everyone will get to take home with them. Join me and others to ensure that this herbal folk remedy stays where it belongs: in the hands of the herbal community.