Oh, how I love this time of year! The changing of the leaves. The cool breeze in the morning followed by the hot sun in the afternoon. Layers of clothing, so that we can be comfortable for the subtle changes in temperature through out the day.
Oh and the coughing followed by runny noses in public places…..okay so that is not my favorite part of this season. But there is something that you can do to support you and your families immune system! Elderberry Syrup
Elderberries in my region grow on the Sambucus canadensis variety. If you are not able to pick them fresh during the summer, then you can find them in the bulk herb section of your local health food store. This variety is typically Sambucus nigra, the European variety. The purple berries are extremely high in bioflavonoids. They are also extremely anti-viral and are packed with a power punch of antioxidant immune enhancing properties. Here is an easy at home recipe!
1 cup dry Elderberries (2 cups fresh)
4-5 cups of water
1/2 cup of honey
(optional: add fresh grated ginger or fresh garlic for a more antibiotic and mucous moving formula)
Bring berries, water, and ginger or garlic if you are using them to a low boil.
Allow this to simmer, until the liquid reduces to half. Stir and press berries occasionally through out decoction process.
Once the liquid has reduced to half. Turn heat off.
Strain elderberries and put them in compost. (you can also add them to home made granola bars too!)
Return the purple liquid to a clean mason jar and add honey. Shake until it is well mixed! That’s it!
For maintenance and prevention, I recommend adults taking 2 Tbsp. twice daily. Children can take 1 Tbsp. twice daily.
When there is an acute illness occurring, I always recommend taking your formula every 1-2 hours until symptoms subside. Then continue taking formula three times daily for 4-5 days.