Elderberries and I are great friends. My Grandma and I used to pick them at the edge of our property when I was a little girl. Those memories are a bit blurry for me, and I don't recall what Grandma did with all those berries we picked. But I'm willing to bet she created something very similar to what I'm about to share with you today.
I am a big fan of immunity boosters. Our bodies are under a relentless and consistent attack from the toxins that abound in our modern day environment. There are chemicals EVERYWHERE. I try to purge them from my system pretty regularly. I do this in many ways. The two primary ways I utilize are keeping my body and its surrounding environment as chemical-free as possible and taking herbs to enhance liver functioning. The liver cleanses our systems of toxins. It's a hard job, indeed. Poor thing 😔 She can use a little help!
Providing a little boost to our immune system also assists our bodies in dealing with the onslaught of toxins that come its way.
The elderberry syrup recipe I'm about to share with you is one of my all-time indispensable allies. I have been using it to boost my immune system and combat the cold & flu season for many years now. I prepare a batch of this deliciousness in the beginning of July each year. It brews for about 6 weeks; making it ready for consumption by mid August.
I dose myself with this tasty, health enhancing brew 3 times a day until the batch is gone.
And voila! My body is well equipped to repell the cold & flu bugs that try to attach themselves to it throughout the season.
I recently started making another batch of this wondrous brew in late winter. This batch is then ready for early to mid spring. It has proven to be one of the most effective home remedies I know for allergies, as well. So, that's perfect timing!
All of the ingredients in this 'magical' brew contribute to its efficacy. Each of them carries potent immune boosting properties. Combined they are pretty unstoppable. The local honey is for sure one of the best stand alone herbal cures for allergies that I know. She's a real superstar. AND she requires zero preparation 😉
But today we will prepare. We will put on our aprons and rule our kitchens like bonafide Kitchen Witches. I am not a Kitchen Witch. That is true. But when I spend time in my kitchen 'brewing' herbal cures I step into the role a bit. Just a bit. Maybe a bit more than a bit!
Kitchening and Witching go together nicely, if I do say so myself ❤️😉❤️
So grab a quart jar Witches ...
And let's get started ...
Pour about 1 cup of dried, organic elderberries into your jar.
Add 1/2 cup each of sliced garlic and sliced ginger root.
Fill the remainder of the jar with plain brandy. Shake.
Label the jar with the contents and the date. Either today's date or the date six weeks from today. I usually write, "Brew until ??/??/????" on my label.
Place the jar in a dark, cool spot. Shake it each day for 6 weeks.
After 6 weeks have passed, strain the mixture using a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or organic muslin. You can place the cloth full of herbal material in a ricer and press as much of the prized herbal nectar out of it as possible if you like.
Mix this herbal brew with local honey. One part brew to one part honey. This will make a nice syrup, with a pleasingly sweet and fruity flavor. Please try your best to obtain local honey. And be aware that sometimes a label reveals where a food product is packaged as opposed to where it is produced. You want to be sure it is produced in your area.
If you are absolutely unable to get your hands on local honey, use store bought. After all, a witch has to do what a witch has to do 😉
Take 1 tablespoon of this 'magical brew', 3 times daily until the batch is gone.
If at any point you feel as though you are coming down with a cold or flu, take 1 tablespoon per hour for two or three days.
If you do get a cold or flu this will remedy will not clear it up. BUT, it will greatly reduce the symptoms and shorten the life of the illness.
If you are prone to allergies, colds, or flus make yourself a batch of this tasty immunity tincture ...
I just know you will find it as helpful as I do!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this post Tribe ...
So, let's meet in the comments and chat about immune boosting herbal brews 😉
Travel with me on this journey we call life ...
May good fortune chase you throughout ALL of your days!
Bountiful Blessings ~ Diane