If you have been following my blog, you are likely aware that I am not a fan of chemicals, especially going in to my body. I put extra effort in preparing wholesome meals and feeding myself and my family clean, nutrient dense foods for many reasons, and the biggest one is so we can be healthy and have a body that functions optimally, in order to enjoy life to the fullest. Sometimes though, our immune systems can’t handle things that are going around and we can get sick. Although this rarely happens, I like to be prepared in the event it does. Since I do not take store bought medicine or pills from a pharmacy or even really go to the doctor for that matter, I research ways to heal and fight illnesses naturally. I firmly believe in the healing powers of plants and all things that nature has provided for us, therefor I will always look there first before turning to a more “clinical” method. That is when I came across this site and recipe:
I am so excited to have strained my elixir tonight and to be able to share it with you 🙂
- 1 cup elderberries
- 1/2 dried elderflowers
- 1/4 cup mullein leaf
- 1/4 cup dried boneset
- 1 inch fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamon
- 1/2 peel of 1 lemon
- alcohol (I used brandy)
- raw honey (it is so nutritionally dense compared to the non raw kind
- Put all the herbs in a jar
- Fill it a third of the way up with honey
- Finish filling with alcohol
- Screw the lid on top, give it a good shake
- Keep it in a place where you will see it daily so you can give it a good shake everyday
- Let it sit for 6 weeks
- Strain, put it in bottles, label and store for a few years
When you feel any symptoms of a cold or flulike sickness coming on, take 1/4 tsp every couple hours until you feel better.
I haven’t tried the efficacy of this yet, and although I hope I never need to take it, I kinda hope to get sick just to see how well it works!
I miss my Naturopath/Homeopath practice that I went to in Arizona. Traditional medicine has its place but… I too, believe in coaxing the body to heal itself. Elderberry and Mullein are both great for a sore throat as well. Add in some Slippery Elm too. Chewing on dried Echinacea purpurea root is a great cough suppressant. You might find it in a health food store ground for tea, or in natural stick form called Colorado cough root. It isn’t the most pleasant tasting item but it works.
Thank you so much for all the info!! As we were created to be a part of this earth it has provided everything we need to feed, heal, nourish ourselves. I would love to gain more knowledge in naturopathie.
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I bet this tasted delicious! For coughs, try a honey and coffee syrup – tastes good, too! Just came across your site today and am enjoying looking through your recipes.
Thank you! Coffee and honey syrup? That does sound delicious! I’ve never heard of coffee for coughs, i love learning new natural remedies! Thanks!
Me too – but that’s my job 🙂
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