Ever considered whipping up your own herbal cough/cold remedy but were intimidated by finding ingredients, measuring precisely, and executing the recipe? I made up a big batch of pre made herbal blends to take the guesswork out of creating your own medicine and this is a fan favorite. This elderberry syrup gives a natural boost to your immune system and helps prevent/treat colds. The addition of honey to the prepared herbal mixture makes it sweet and easy to administer to even the pickiest of children. (Add a touch of brandy if you'd like to hold onto this magic a little longer.) There's nothing like creating herbal medicine for yourself or family members who are under the weather. (A lot like making a big pot of chicken noodle soup!) This blend can be prepared all at one time! The contents are ready to combine with water, simmer, strain, and combine with honey. This is a neat activity to do with children as well as a nice way to learn about herb's healing properties and take your health into your own hands.
Elderberries: Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.
Star Anise: Anti fungal, anti bacterial, antioxidant properties.
Cloves: Mild anesthetic as well as an anti-bacterial agent.
Cinnamon Sticks: Stimulates digestion and nutrient absorption.
Ginger: Helps ease cold related symptoms.
Cardamom: Contains maganese, vitamin c, and iron.
Echinacea: Helps prevent sickness and infection.
Rose Hips: Adds an extra dose of vitamin c.
You will receive a 2 oz bag of loose herbs. (You add honey of your choice. Please take note that it is not included in this herb only listing.) This packet is pre measured and is the perfect amount for a nice sized (1 1/2 cup) batch of immune boosting elderberry syrup. It is truly easy, educational, and effective. Please refrigerate your syrup between uses. This is all natural, no preservatives. With that being said, the shelf life is approximately 3 weeks.
Gently simmer contents of packet + 2 cups spring water until reduced by half. (One cup of liquid will remain.) Allow liquid to cool slightly then strain herbal contents before combining with 1/2 cup (or to taste) honey. Mix well, refrigerate, and take as needed. Please do independent research on how much to dose each member of your family. A healthy adult with no contraindications can take up to 4 tablespoons a day.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information presented here is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to prevent, treat, or cure any disease.