Don’t let the wholistic grocery chains of the world fool you into spending way too much money on immune boosting elixirs. They want $24 USD here for a tiny little bottle of elderberry syrup. I’d rather just teach you to make your own.
3 1/2 cups of water
2/3 cup dried elderberries ( I bought mine on Amazon, 1 pound wild harvest from Croatia for $17.95, good for about 4 batches)
2 tbsp chopped organic ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground clove
1 cup honey (for the last step only!)
Please feel free to get wild here. If you prefer a cinnamon stick to powdered, by all means. If you want to add some ground or powdered turmeric, you can. There is no one set way to spice this winter tonic. Use the flavorings you like. I personally love ginger, cinnamon and clove.
In medium sized saucepan add water, elderberries, ginger and spices and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, until sauce is reduced by half. Pour over strainer into glass container and leave to cool. When syrup is room temperature, or just slightly warm, stir in honey. Pour into glass mason jar and refrigerate.
Dosage: 1/2 – 1 tbsp daily for adults. Increase to 2-3 times per day at onset of cold or flue symptoms.
Nature provides us with all the medicine we need. We just need to remember our relationship with her. As you make this potent immune system ally in your kitchen, remember your ancestors, the old ways and your right relation to nature. Perhaps once you’ve prepared your syrup you might consider bringing an offering of seeds out to the birds before the winter, or nuts for the small four leggeds. Without the wisdom and consciousness of Nature in our lives, we cannot survive. As we take in her medicine, it is appropriate that we give back.
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