By Sharn Harper
Winter is nearly here and it is a good time to make some Elderberry and Echinacea Syrup. You can shoot down to your health food shop and buy most of the ingredients but I can also supply you with your raw ingredients. Making it yourself is rewarding and empowers you as being the herbalist in your family. It also gives you that connection to nature. This is my favorite recipe for Elderberry and Echinacea syrup.
Echinacea and Elderberry syrup is one of those herbal medicines that can just stop a cold or flu in its tracks. You just need to get to it the minute you have symptoms. At the first sign of a cold, you may have a sniffle or just starting to get a sore throat you need to dose yourself up with 5mls every 2-3 hours and hopefully, it won’t get worse. This recipe has alcohol in it so it can be kept out of the fridge for at least 3 months as long as it is in a cool, dark place.
· Small saucepan
· Potato masher
· 1 cup measure
· Glass jug that holds about 1L
· 100g dried Elderberries
· 1 small stick of Cinnamon
· 3 whole dried star Annise
· 2 small slices of dried Ginger
· 150mls Echinacea Tincture
· 4 Cups of purified water
· 1 cup of raw honey
· Pour the water and dried herbs into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then simmer for about 45 minutes, partially covered until the liquid has reduced by half.
· Allow to cool and then mash the herbs in the liquid with a potato masher.
· Strain using the strainer and muslin into the 1L jug and discard the herbs into the garden.
· Then add the honey and the Echinacea tincture to the liquid.
· Bottle and label, refrigerate if you like but shake before pouring.
You can purchase the Elderberry Syrup kit here
You can purchase Echinacea Tincture here