As we enter the winter season it is time to prepare our herbal cold remedies. This delicious syrup keeps well in your fridge and is a delightful remedy for the sniffles, coughs, and fever of the common cold or even flu. This syrup is simple to make and can be taken by the teaspoon several times a day.
- 1 cup dried elderberries (or 2 cups fresh elderberries)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon chips or 2 cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ginger root powder or 2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 – 2 Tablespoon dried orange peel or ¼ cup fresh orange peel
- 1 Tablespoon dried wild cherry bark
- 1 Tablespoon dried rosehips
- 10 whole cardamom pods
- 4-5 cups water
1. Put all these ingredients into a large sauce pan and heat on medium-high heat to boiling.
2. Once the mixture boils, turn the heat down and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
3. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a large Pyrex pitcher or glass bowl.
4. The sieve will catch all the berries and bits of unground herbs.
5. Press down with the back of a wooden spoon on the berries just to make sure you get all the juice out of them.
6. Now add 2 cups local, raw honey and stir into the juice mixture while it is still warm, but not too hot.
7. You can now pour this into a jar and keep it in the fridge, or even can it in a hot water bath.
This makes about 5 cups of syrup, enough to fill a quart jar and have a little left to use fresh and warm on morning pancakes! It should keep well for several months in the fridge (if it lasts that long!)