Dec 11 2014 In Ask the Herbalist By Kenneth Roberts
Old Remedies Made Anew – Elderberry
For thousands of years elderberry fruit has been used by the wise women, midwives and herbalists to help strengthen the immune system, help with coughs, congestion, sore throats and more. By adding a few other herbs you can create a very effective home remedy that not only works it is also economical. Adding some Eucalyptus leaves can help open up the chest and ease breathing. Peppermint can help with a fever and circulation. White Willow Bark added can help with the body aches and head ache. Cinnamon has powerful antibiotic and anti-infectious properties. Elderberry Syrup is not only effective it is easy to make. Here is all you need:
- 2 ounces of elderberries
- 4 cups of filtered, pure water
- teaspoon of each or any of your favorite herbs (optional)
- 1 cup of local honey
1. Pour water into saucepan and add elderberries. Place herbs you wish to add in an infuser of choice. I prefer a large teaball (which is what they were actually made for, not tea leaves).
2. Bring it to a boil then put a lid on it and reduce the heat. This is stewing the herbs and elderberries.
3. Allow it to simmer for 45 minutes or until it has been reduced to half the original volume.
4. Take it off the heat and let it cool enough to pull the herbs and filter the elderberries.
5. Add the honey to your cooled tisane. Mix into it love and healthy, happy intentions.
Use it when you get hit with a bug to make life a little easier. As a preventative you could do a teaspoon when you feel a cold coming on or even if you have been around others who are sick. I’m a strong advocate for taking health into your own hands. Nature holds many recipes for healthy living.