Archive for January, 2011

Happy New Year!


It is that time of year, where one passes and a new one begins.  I know I had many blessings in 2010 and look forward to more in 2011.  I wish you many blessings in the new year!

As I enjoy  some time off work, I noticed how many people are fighting colds.  People are coughing, sniffling, sneezing, blowing and just looking miserable.  I came across this article and recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs for Elderberry Syrup.  It is fitting for this time of year to help boost immune systems and recover from colds and flu.

Elderberries are found in moist areas along rivers, roads and forests.  It is an immune boosting herb with a proven remedy for preventing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus and sore throats.  It contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe
by Mountain Rose Herbs

– 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried organic Elderberries (harvest blue or black, avoid poisonous reds)
– 3 cups water
– 1 cup raw local honey
– 1 organic Cinnamon stick, 3 organic Cloves, and organic Ginger (optional)

Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Smash the berries to release remaining juice and strain the mixture. Allow liquid to cool and stir in honey. Will last for 2-3 months stored in the fridge.

Take a tablespoon daily to ward off illness and a teaspoon every 2-3 hours while sick. For children under 2, add the syrup to hot water to kill any microbes in the honey. You can even drizzle the delicious syrup over pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream!

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