Many of you may already be aware of this but an herbal company up North has gotten a trademark for Fire Cider. Fire Cider is the name given to a vinegar based herbal remedy by Rosemary Gladstar. If you've ever read any of her books or GOOGLED Fire Cider you'll see it. Now this small herbal company has their own recipe, which is based on the age old formula and claim they came about the name on their own. Maybe. But what really bothers me is that they had an attorney and applied to the Federal government for this trademark and it seems to me there was some shoddy research here. Even if the formula was never patented, a simple google search PROVES that the name has been out there for a very long time! I even found a post with the recipe on a cooking website that was posted almost 10 years ago! Now herbalists everywhere who have been making and selling this wonderful herbal remedy are being forced to pull their listings or rename their Fire Cider.
There is a petition to have the trademark rescinded and I hope everyone who enjoys folk medicine will sign it. These people need to rename their formula. It's that simple.