Too cold and snowy to spend much time in the garden, so I brought the garden inside! A cup of dried elderberries and a bit of fresh grated ginger are simmering right now on my stove top. My gardening joy is back!
Elderberry Syrup is touted as a cold and flu fighter. The Elderberry bush I planted last summer won’t produce enough berries for this purpose for a couple of years yet, so this batch of berries was mail-ordered. They are a little expensive when purchased this way, $11.50 for half a pound. This recipe only needs a few dollars worth though, so I still feel relatively frugal. In perhaps two years I will have the berries for free. I am looking forward to seeing how well the syrup works.
“Working” means my husband and I don’t get sick this winter, or if we do, our cold is of short duration. We are both generally healthy, but usually get two or three colds a year. I get a flu shot, but my husband does not. It will be interesting to see what happens this winter!
No matter how it turns out, this was a fun thing to create. It stretches my mind differently to simmer a potion intended to improve one’s health. There is so much power in creation, power for our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, that I wonder how it is possible we left it for convenience food and medicine and distractions.
P.S. I ran out of syrup around spring break, and didn’t get around to making more until I did indeed catch one cold. However, I got over my “cold” in 3-4 days, while many friends were ill for 2 weeks or longer around the same time. I am convinced it helped!
- Winter sore throat remedy – elderberry syrup (bristolfitnessclasses.wordpress.com)
- Beginner’s Guide to Making Your Own Medicine (herbsandyoga.wordpress.com)
- Simple Guide to Herbal Syrups (apptwithdanielle.wordpress.com)