Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Elderberry Elixir

It's funny how daylight savings time always seems to be synonymous with the cold and flu season in my family.  Maybe it's some kind of circadian rhythm reaction, but it never fails to hit us.  Luckily I have my secret weapon.

I know, I know, I posted this last cold and flu season so it's actually not so secret.  Well, it's back by popular demand…..Elderberry Elixir!  This fantastic tonic made from Elderberries and honey boosts immunity, has great anti-viral properties, works as an anti-oxidant, and contains high amounts of Vitamin C.  It has even been reported to lessen the symptoms and duration of a cold or flu.  It has worked its magic for my family and could be just the medicine for yours.

Although it's a very gentle and safe herb, be sure to research contraindications and talk to a qualified health care professional before you mix up a batch. 

 Elderberry Elixir

-4 oz Elderberries (about ½ cup)
-1 Cinnamon Stick
-1 tblspn Ginger
-3-4 sticks of Astragalus
-2 cups Water
- 1 cup Honey


1. Mix ingredients (minus the honey) in a small saucepan
2. Bring to low boil.  Then, simmer covered until reduced by half (about 20 minutes).
3. Strain through mesh strainer or cheesecloth
4. Add Honey
5. Enjoy!
***Store in glass jars refrigerated for up to 2 weeks

By the way it tastes great, and is an excellent way to boost immunity in your little ones.
General dosage is 1-2 tsp for children, 3X daily.
Adult dosage is 1-2 tblspns, 3X daily.

Stay Healthy!
Kristin Henningsen M.S., C.H., R.Y.T.


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