Mulled Apple Cider


Many folks, including myself, enjoy drinking mulled cider during the cold winter months.

Not only is it a warming beverage, but it is also a delicious dose of healing spices.

Mulled cider is a “decoction” of herbs and spices that can greatly lessen the symptoms of flu, colds and other viruses that run rampant during the fall and winter months.

A decoction is a process of boiling and then simmering herbs and spices in a liquid to extract their healing properties.

Decoctions are best used with dried spices, fungi, roots, barks, seeds, and dried berries.

Below is a Mulled Cider that you can sip on to help your body feel good and heal quicker.

This is how it works.

Ginger: a rhizome that boosts circulation, brings heat to the digestive system, and eases nausea and vomiting

Star Anise: a seed pod rich in shikimic acid that is anti-viral and anti-fungal, and thins and clears mucous from the respiratory tract

Cinnamon:inner bark of a tree used for warming the kidneys, contains natural antiseptic and anesthetic compound (eugenol) that can kill bacteria and viruses, prevent infection, and ease pain

Cloves: dried flower buds from an evergreen tree that is used as a pain-relieving anesthetic

Allspice: berries that contain eugenol which is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory infection fighter

If you’re feeling symptoms of the flu, or a cold, or the other “virus”, pick up these healing spices, decoct them in your favorite juice, and start sipping!

And, check out this article for more flu healing remedies: The Worst Flu Season! Try these Remedies

Mulled Apple Cider
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Recipe type: Herbal medicine
Cuisine: Healing foods
Serves: 4 cups
  1. Put all ingredients into a soup pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Cover and simmer for one hour.