For cold and flu season, and for when you’re in need of a serious immune boost. This tonic contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and the bioflavonoids in elderberries are a powerful way to strengthen the immune system.
Elderberries have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, they can also soothe inflammation, and work as an expectorant, helping relieve a chesty cough. Instead of gulping down a list of chemicals and unknown names, this tonic is a great way of getting a concentrated dose of natural medicine.
One important point – cooking the elderberries is a must. Raw elderberries contain a mildly poisonous alkaloid, and they basically won’t make you feel well if you consume them. Once you’ve cooked them however, they’re the prefect ingredient for this incredibly effective tonic.
- 1 cup dried elderberries
- 3 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 tbsp whole cloves
- zest and juice of ½ a lemon
- ½ inch piece of ginger sliced thinly
- ¼ – ½ cup raw honey
Place elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, lemon and ginger into a pan
Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for about 45 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half
Remove from the heat and leave to cool until the berries are cool enough to handle
Squish the berries and other ingredients you just heated to get as much juice from them as you can
Pour through a strainer into a glass jar
When the liquid is no longer hot, add the honey, put the lid on the jar and store in the fridge
Dosage: To be taken once daily, unless you have a cold or flu, in which case take it three times per day until symptoms subside.
Children – 1 tsp
Adults – 1 tbsp
Safety Note: Not suitable for children under 3. If pregnant, nursing or with any medical conditions, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking this remedy.