Monday, March 10, 2014

Rosemary's Fire Cider Remedy Stimulates Digestion and Clears the Sinuses

Fire Cider is a traditional herbal remedy which is warming and stimulating to the body.  With ingredients like cayenne, onion and horseradish, it is very helpful for improving slow digestion and reducing sinus congestion with wet watery or white phlegm. This home remedy is in a vinegar base which is nice for people who cannot take alcohol based remedies. One version of Fire Cider was popularized by Rosemary Gladstar in her herbal classes and publications. I learned this recipe from the late great Lady Barbara Hall around 10 years ago on the Healing Wise forum. Your can watch Rosemary teaching how to make Fire Cider in this video, something she has been doing for the last 20 years.  

Unfortunately a young and unscrupulous company has connived to trademark the Fire Cider name while selling this product widely, despite protest against the trademark from Rosemary Gladstar. To add insult to injury, this company has also used this trademark to prevent other small herbalists from selling their Fire Cider products. Specifically, Etsy sellers were forced to remove their Fire Cider products due to complaints over trademark infringement.

The heat that this has created in the herbal community rivals the spicy remedy itself. For our part, as an herbalist owned business which cares about this remedy and other like it, we have signed this petition at to request a cancellation of this trademark.  And more significantly we have educated the decision maker at the store near us which sells this product.  To that end, the buyer is now contemplating an alternatives to selling this company's product, such as a Fire Cider Making class or an ingredient display with Fire Cider recipe cards. If you happen to see "Fire Cider TM" in a store, please be sure to ask the store manager to either 1) boycott this company's product or 2) request that the company relinquishes the trademark.

This issue may seem small when there are so many other important issues that need to be urgently addressed today, however access to herbal medicines like these should not be blocked due to petty greed. We have never considering trademarking our herbal remedies, but I hope we are never asked to stop selling products like our "Black Drawing Salve," which is just one of many blacks salves that are commonly made by herbalists whose communities rely on these types of products.  I was startled to find out that the term "Soap Loaf" was trademarked a few years back, but the mark was forfeited under pressure from other soap makers.  The petition to revoke the Fire Cider trade mark currently has close to 8000 signatures.  Will you please sign the petition today, to help reach the goal of 10,000 signatures?

Thanks a bunch and I hope you try making this remedy.

Cory Trusty
president Aquarian Bath

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