When I put the call out for more flu remedies I was happy to find this gem. Audrey Stadnyk and I met in June of 2014 at a most amazing gathering of women at Whiteshell National Park. It was a great meeting of women looking to heal themselves and each other and I was blessed to meet many strong, loving and kind women. Audrey was definitely one of them.
Audrey's Elderberry Cough Syrup
* 1cup dried elder berries
*1 – 4” cinnamon stick
*10 shisandra berries
*1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
*1tbsp fresh grated ginger
* 4 cups of filtered water
* 1cup raw honey
Put the water and elderberries, cinnamon stick, cloves, hibiscus flowers and ginger in a heavy pot and simmer on low-medium heat for about 30 minutes. Liquid should have reduced to half the amount.
After 30 minutes is up, strain the liquid to remove the elderberries and other ingredients. Put the liquid in a glass bowl and stir in the honey. Using a funnel, pour the elderberry syrup into a glass bottle. Keep your syrup in the refrigerator. We use a tablespoon every four hours or so for adults
during a cold with cough. Remember to never give honey to children under 1 year old.
Elderberry: Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to boost the immune system and to reduce the effects of coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Elderberries contain Vitamin A and B and large amounts of vitamin C.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is used for a variety of ailments including relieving aching muscles due to cold and flu. It has remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and has been known to relieve nausea and vomiting,
Cloves: Cloves are used to help produce more phlegm and act as an expectorant, making coughs less severe and more productive. Clove may act as an antihistamine, helping to keep sinus passageways clear and open.
Shisandra Berry: Shisandra Berry is an adaptogen which calms the nervous system when you are facing stress. It is an overall wellness tonic that is full of antioxidants. Hibiscus Flower: Hibiscus is very high in Vitamin C, even more than cranberry or pomegranate juice. It is also high in electrolytes such as chloride, magnesium, potassium and sodium which may need to be replenished in the body while fighting a cold or flu.
Ginger: Ginger is used as a powerful anti-inflammatory herb which is also anti-viral. It has a warming effect on the body and will help keep chills away during a cold or flu.
Recipes are going to vary from meals to medicines. It's all about healing from the inside out because we truly are what we eat. What's the point? Well, gardening and foraging for your own foods, shopping local and no processed garbage or pharmaceuticals for what ails you? I think that's enough of point, don't you?
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