Monday, September 22, 2014

Elderberry Tonic

Not sure if the Fire Cider Tonic mentioned in the previous post is for you?  Perhaps you have little ones that you don't think could stomach it.  Here is a great (and sweet!) tonic for your fall and winter health.  You may recognize it, as Elderberry Syrup has been getting a lot of good press lately.  Heck, we have even mentioned it on this blog way back in 2011!

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. 

Here is my own recipe for this tonic.  Enjoy!

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***

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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