Winter is coming. Is it? Well it definitely is, the nights are darker, the weather is colder, you can sense it in your body that there is less sunshine and if you are anything like me you might already notice mood swings cause by lack of vitamin D. On top of that you might be worrying about seasonal colds and flu, well worry not! It the right time of year to pick some elderberry to turn into immune boosting syrup. The idea of making one was given to me by a lovely medical herbalist lady who shared her recipe. But me being me and not having half of the ingredients necessary I just made a very lazy one and have been for 3 years in a row. Perhaps it’s a placebo effect but I think it definitely helps us through the winter with it’s amazing immune boosting effects. It’s full of vitamin c, has antivital properties and complex sugars that have been proven to fight colds and flu. You can pick your own and make it in no time.
3 cups of elderberries
1 cup of water
1 cup of raw local honey or just local honey
Remove berries from the stem, might need to use fork as it makes it easier to pull them off. Wash. Put in a pan with a cup of water, bring it to boil, turn the heating down and simmer for 30 minutes. Cool it down to body temperature. Add a cup of honey and mix well. Pour in a clean air tight glass container and keep in the fridge up to 6 months.
1 teaspoon a day for kids to prevent colds.
2 teaspoons a day for kids to fight off colds.
1 tablespoon a day for adults to prevent colds.
2 tablespoons a day for adults to fight off colds.
You can add it to water and drink as a cordial. Enjoy and be healthy!