I seem to have a real love/hate relationship with Autumn (Fall); on the one hand I love the cool crisp mornings, the thick stylish coats and the colours of falling leaves and flowers enjoying their final bloom but on the other hand there’s running noses, endless tissues and sore throats that feel like you’ve swallowed a pack of brand new razor blades.
Living in London has certainly been an eye opener when it comes to the common cold which I rarely suffered in my sunny homeland but now afflicts me almost as soon as the temperature begins to drop.
When my (now) fiancé and I moved in together at the beginning of the year we each got sick 6 times; thanks in part to the little lady who also makes up our family – kids certainly understand ‘sharing is caring’ when it comes to illness.
Previously I was unprepared, but not this time!
And my winter Arsenal wouldn’t be complete without the holy grail of immune boosters – Elderberry Syrup!
Elderberries are small, dark berries that grow in clusters on elder trees (also called elderberry bushes), and are very common throughout Europe and North America.
In folk medicine, flowers from the black elder bush have been used to ease flu symptoms, colds, and sinus problems.
A small study published five years ago showed that 93% of flu patients given Elderberries were completely symptom-free within two days, hence why it’s my first port of call when I feel a cold coming on.
Need to Know
Now it’s not recommended to use this on children under the age of 12, but the little lady of the house (age 5) takes 1/2 teaspoon every four hours and is perfectly fine – and cold free in a couple of days.
For adults and children over 12, take 2 teaspoons every four hours with no more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
4 cups cold water
2 cups organic dried Elderberries
1 organic Cinnamon Stick
1 tsp fresh grated organic ginger root or organic dried Ginger Root
raw local honey
To make the syrup, combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture.
Strain the berries and herbs through cheeseclothand squeeze out the juice.
Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey.
Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined.
Do not boil!
Bottle in sterilized glass.
And there you have it, a super easy cold elixir!
Lots of Love
Alex Brennan & The Model Handmade
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