- 100 grams dried black elderberries
- 20 grams dried astragalus root
- 15 grams dried ginger root (or powder)
- 8 grams dried clove
- 1 quart boiled water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup honey from the comb
In a large saucepan, add elderberries, astragalus, ginger, clove, and water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring fre-quently. Cook down thius mixture on medium high heat, stirring frequently until the mixture has reduced by half. This can take 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain your liquid into a bowl or glass container. Measure your liquid which will be about 1 1/2—2 cups. Place your liquid back into a saucepan with your sugar. Keep in mind that the sugar is optional, but necessary to make an actual syrup. Bring your mixture back to a boil, stirring frequently to ensure proper mixing, and boil for 10 minutes, or until your desired consistency. Once your syrup has cooled a bit, add your raw honey and stir until completely dissolve. Funnel the syrup into glass bottles once cooled a bit, and cap tightly. Preserving them in the refrigerator promotes shelf life.
Astragalus: This plant has a deep history in Chinese medicine, much like ginseng. It has been traditionally used for over five thousand years to help boost the im-mune system and cure many common ailments. It’s uses include immune support, helps the body adapt to stress, antibacterial, antiviral, increases white blood cells, anti-inflammatory, is helpful in reducing the common cold and flu, and protectrs cardiovascular systems. Ginger: The ginger root made its first appearance in 2000 BC when Emperor Shen Nong wrote the Chinese herbal guide. It was later used extensively throughout India and the Roman Empire. It’s used as an appetite stimulant, it reduces nausea and vomiting, it stimulates veins and arteries, and the heart, induces perspiration, relieves flatulence, soothes the digestive tract, promotes circulation, and soothes sore throats. Elderberry: The elderberry plant hails from Europe, is poisonous, and should be handled with care. The flower and the dark purple berries are most often used in tinc-tures and syrups as a preventative or as a healing agent for flu and colds. They support immune health, treat flu and common colds, are stimulants, they relieve digestive issues, induce perspiration, and assist in antiviral tinc-tures.