Urban Tips: Natural Flu and Cold Season Remedies


Winter is here, and with it comes flu and cold season. But with today’s #urbantip you can fight back and keep healthy all season long. We’re showing you how to make two natural remedies to ward off colds/flus and keep your immune system strong! Enter in: Fire Cider and Elderberry Syrup!

Fire Cider

Fire Cider is an old folk remedy than can help to fight off colds, relieve sinus congestion, aid digestion, and improve circulation! It can be consumed as a shot, or added to a drink. Think of it as a savory shrub (hello healthy bloody marys)!

There are a lot of ways to make fire cider but our favorite recipe uses horseradish, onion, garlic, grapefruit, ginger, lemons, turmeric, rosemary and apple cider vinegar. Once the blend is fully steeped, the veggies are strained out and you’re left with an elixir usually sweetened with honey and then ready to use. We like to use a homemade Honey Cayenne syrup to boost the health benefits even more!

 Variations: You can add jalapeños, habaneros, thyme, rose-hips, oranges, limes, oregano, parsley, burdock or peppercorns as well. Don't worry about amounts- just fill the jar with what you want! 

Usage: We recommend taking 1 Tablespoon a day. It can be mixed with water, used to make salad dressing or drizzled on top of stir frys.


Fire Cider

Makes 1 gallon (use a glass jar)


• 1 horseradish root (they typically come in a 12 inch root - shredded to make about 4 cups) shredded
• 20 rosemary sprigs
• 4 lemons sliced into rounds
• 2 white onions roughly chopped
• 2 pink grapefruit sliced into rounds
• 1 cup garlic minced
• 1 cup of turmeric root roughly chopped
• apple cider vinegar

Honey Cayenne Syrup
• 1/2 cup Queen & Colony Honey
• 1 cup of purified water
• 1/2 tsp cayenne

1. Wash gallon glass jar with vinegar water.

2. Layer horseradish, rosemary, lemon, onions, pink grapefruit, garlic, and turmeric in the gallon jar, top with apple cider vinegar and allow to cure 4 weeks / 1 month.

3. After it has soaked strain vinegar away from jar. Do not discard content- instead cover them in apple cider vinegar again and allow for a second cure. We will reuse these up to 3 times before discarding.

4. Next bring cayenne, water and honey up to a simmer until honey is fully dissolved. Allow it to completely cool to room temperature.

5. Add honey syrup to your cured apple cider vinegar and stir well.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a powerful and tasty elixir. These little berries are full of vitamin A and C and help boost your antioxidant levels, plus SO much more! Here are just a few ways elderberry syrup can boost the immune system:

  • Fight and protect against bacterial infections

  • Fight and protect against viral infections

  • Reduce the symptoms and duration of a cold or the flu

  • helps clear sinus infections

  • has natural diuretic effects and promotes bowel movements

  • anti-inflammatory properties

  • anti-carcinogenic properties

  • eases symptoms of allergies

  • high in antioxidants

  • high in vitamin A, which makes it great for healthy skin

Yup, this tasty syrup can actually decrease your symptoms if you’re already sick! What are you waiting for, it’s time to make some syrup!

Usage: Take 1 tsp a day. 


Elderberry Syrup


• 2/3 cups dried elderberries
• 3 cups water
• 1 cup Queen & Colony Honey
• 1/4 cup of roughly chopped fresh ginger
• 2 cinnamon sticks

1. Bring all ingredients up to a bowl in a small sauce pan. Once it's boiling bring it down to a simmer and allow to simmer for 45 minutes. Strain and jar. (Keeps about 2 months in fridge.)

Cheers to the New Year and fighting off all those nasty colds that may try to come our way. Wishing you happiness and health this year!

Do you have any questions about fire cide or elderberry syrup? Leave your questions in the comments, or message us on Instagram! xo, Urban Canning