Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's practically June for cryin' out loud!

So, today my daughter stayed home with an extremely sore throat and stuffy nose.  Fine.... Except that tomorrow is the first day of June!  This is the type of thing that should happen anywhere from October to February!  But be that as it may, there are two weeks left of school, and those happen to be the two busiest weeks of the year for her and our whole family.  She is performing as "Minnie May" in our community's theatre production of "Anne of Green Gables" nearly every day this week and several days next week.  She is also wrapping up the school year with choir performances... Not a good time for swollen glands and a sore throat!
But have no fear, mommy herbalist is here with a recipe (that I usually only bust out with in fall and winter) that is the perfect remedy for a cough and sore throat~ and it is super delicious as well!

ELDERBERRY SYRUP
 1/2 cup of dried elderberries (or 1 cup fresh)

5 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 Tablespoon of freshly grated ginger

2 cups of water, and

1 cup of honey


I like to use local honey rather than store brand because it is very helpful in building a tolerance to local allergens!


Combine elderberries, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and water in a pan on stove and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.  (You want decoction to be reduced by about 1/2.)
Strain decoction and add honey.  Let cool a bit and then pour into jar or bottle.  ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS label homemade remedies with name and ingredients.  Then you may store in fridge for up to two weeks.
If you are trying to avoid getting sick, you can take a spoonful every day.  If you are already sick, like poor Maddi, you may take a spoonful every hour.  I'm not gonna lie~ I even like to pour this stuff on my ice cream!... So, I guess June is as good a time as any to make this wonderful syrup.  This stuff is full of antiviral properties, antioxidants and flavinoids... and yum power!

 



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