Cold and flu season is upon us, this week I heard of four families that were suffering from illness. So I thought this would be a great time to post an elderberry syrup recipe. Here is a bit of information on elderberries:
"Elderberries are tasty flu fighters. They contain compounds that inhibit the enzyme flu viruses from penetrating our cell membranes and also prevent the virus from invading respiratory tract cells. Taken early enough, as a tea or tincture, you may be able to head off an upcoming illness before it becomes a full-blown flu. They are especially good for bronchitis, colds, coughing, and influenza. Also contains substances that ease inflammation and pain and soothe the intestines, thus making them useful in all inflammatory bowel diseases. It is known to have a gentle laxative action, and their mild tonic action helps to arrest diarrhea." www.bulkherbstore.com
Herbal Elderberry Syrup
1 cup elderberries
1/4 cup thyme (cough)
1/4 cup marshmallow root (sore throats)
1/4 cup cinnamon chips (fights infections)
1 cup spearmint (immune support)
3 cups water
1 1/2 cup honey (coughs, sore throats, antibacterial)
Strainer lined with cheesecloth
In a large pot mix together all dry ingredients. Add water and bring to a boil, turn off burner and let cool for 30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth lined strainer into a large bowl. Rinse pot then add back the strained liquid. Turn on burner to low and pour in honey. Stir until honey is fully incorporated. Pour into glass container, let cool, then refrigerate. Will stay good in refrigerator for a few months and up to a year. *Compliments of Nicole Carter, Master Herbalist
* Take 1 Tbls per day as a preventative.
* Take up to 1 Tbls per hour if ill.
This is safe for children (honey is not recommended for children is under 1 years old) and pregnant women.
*Remember tomorrow (October 3rd) at midnight is the cutoff for the herb co-op!! So get those orders in!