After the joy of picking the lacy elder flowers in late spring, comes the anticipation of juicy purple berries, hung heavy on delicate red stems. Elderberries, combined with spices and honey, make an incredible tonic for fall. Warding away the dryness and cold of winter as well as boosting the immune system while protecting against colds and flu.
We pick tons of elderberries and make what seems like vats of this syrup. We take spoonfuls of it daily to strengthen our systems against the onslaught of viruses. It tastes like Christmas in a bottle and warms the body and the spirit.
Decoct 2 parts of fresh (1 part dried) elderberries in 4 parts of water.
Simmer over medium heat in a covered pot for 1 hour.
Strain the liquid and compost the berries.
When slightly cooled add the honey and vanilla.
Decant into the syrup bottle and store in the fridge.
Shake well before taking.
Take 1 T as needed
Elderberries: antioxidant activity, boosts the immune system, affinity for protecting against coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis
Ginger: anti-viral, anti-oxidant, has a very useful function during colds, flu, virus infections, coughs, chronic bronchial problems and low-grade infections of all kinds
Cinnamon: anti-bacterial, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tussive, affinity for respiratory system, warming
Cloves: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, warming, anti-bacterial, analgesic
Honey: antibacterial, soothing, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary