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As Thanksgiving approaches, it's time to set intentions and share them with the community. This part of the year is all about sharing the love with your loved ones, preserving your inner wealth with medicine and food, and keeping warm. 

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It's important to keep yourself vibrant as we enter in to the dormant stages of the year. I tend to stay creative by doing lots of cooking and spending extra time in the kitchen preparing decadent recipes. I invite you to do the same by adding yummy herbs into your food and stepping it up a notch in the kitchen. Impress your friends and host a potion-infused dinner! 

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The recipe below may seem very involved, but I promise, it's an easy drink to make and a fantastic one to share. Let's get into the ingredients: Fire Cder is delicious and can help kick any bug. Cayenne supports the heart; horseradish root aids digestion; and the power of the raw onions and garlic kills bad bacteria. You can make it this for Thanksgiving and throughout the year. 

Fire Cider Recipe:

1 garlic clove

1 piece of horseradish

1 onion wedge

½ piece of fresh ginger

Cayenne to taste (just a few grains will do)

Honey to taste

Apple cider vinegar

Chop the fresh garlic, onions, and horseradish into small pieces and grate the fresh ginger. The amounts and proportions vary according to your particular taste. If unsure, start with equal amounts of the first three ingredients and roughly half of the ginger the first time you make this; you can always adjust the flavors in future batches. Chop enough of the first four ingredients to fill a quart jar approximately half full. 

Put in wide-mouth quart jar and cover with apple cider vinegar (enough so that the vinegar is about two to three inches above the herbs). Add cayenne to taste (just a small amount or will be too hot!). Let sit for two to three weeks. Strain and discard spent herbs. Add honey to taste (add the honey after you strain the rest of the herbs). Fire Cider should taste hot, spicy, and sweet. 

It's great as a wintertime tonic and/or remedy for colds and coughs. I love to take little shot glasses of the tonic, and some people use it as salad dressing and/or on rice or steamed vegetables. It’s tasty!

Spiritual: Focus and clarify

Emotional: Purges bad feelings

Physical: Cardio tonic, gut booster, candida kicker 

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Adriana Ayales is a Founding Creator and botanist. When she's not writing for Vivala.com, you can find her at the apothecary Botica & Co. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.