Winter Illnesses Are Here.

September 30, 2014 lisa63 herbsmiscellaneousrecipes


Soon after the kids return to school, colds and flu start their attack.  This school year is no different.  My youngest son caught a cold 2 weeks ago.  We thought he was getting better, but then the 102 degree fever came last Sunday night and it all went downhill from there.  By Tuesday we were at the doctor and diagnosed with Bronchitis, an ear infection, and upper respiratory infection.  That boy was the sickest I have ever seen him in his little life.  When he was 5 he had his tonsils and adenoids removed and tubes put in his ears.  He hasn’t missed one day of school since then.  Well, we made up for that this year.  His missed all five days last week.  He is on the mend now, but it was rough.  Unfortunately, my husband also has the same thing.  Mom’s, well we don’t get sick… least not until everyone else is healthy again.

All these colds and infections brought to mind that I didn’t make my elderberry syrup in time for this year’s illnesses.  I did make some in July, but my middle son’s girlfriend was sick, so I gave him my only bottle.  Within a week, the bronchitis hit my house. What all these “patients” really need is Fire Cider, but it takes two weeks infuse.  By that time, everyone will be on the mend.  I am making elderberry syrup.

I thought I would post the recipe for Elderberry Syrup for others who haven’t gotten sick yet this Fall.  The elderberry syrup has a pleasant, earthy taste.  Even kids will take this medicine.


1 Cup fresh elderberries or 1/2 Cup dried
3 Cups Water
1 Cup Honey
1 Cinnamon Stick (optional)

Place the berries and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and cover with the 3 Cups of water. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1/2 hour.

Remove the cinnamon stick and then smash the berries.  Strain the liquid into a pint jar through a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth.  Squeeze the cheesecloth to get all the beneficial liquid into the jar.

Add the honey. Mix gently.

Store in the refrigerator for up to three months.
Remember to label your jar with the ingredients and the date!


For colds:  Take a teaspoonful every 2-3 hours while sick.

Take a teaspoon a day to ward off illnesses.

(Should not be given to children under 2 because it contains honey)



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