Herbal Immune-Boosting Syrup

Like people, plants have their own unique characteristics. Some are as perfumed as a Macy’s makeup counter; others are poisonous. Many botanicals are prized for their distinctive attributes. Humans have recognized and benefitted from the medicinal properties of plants for thousands of years.

This immune-boosting herbal syrup is my family’s first defense against coughs, sore throats and sniffles, and it’s knocked back creeping viruses, keeping them from leapfrogging to every household member. It stimulates the immune system, soothes sore throats and is packed with vitamins and minerals. These herbs are all safe, mild and the resulting elixir is delicious.

By | November 30, 2017

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dried elderberries
  • 2 ounces astragalus root
  • 2 ounces licorice root
  • 2 ounces dried nettles
  • 2 ounces dried rose hips
  • 1–1½ cups raw, unfiltered honey

Preparation

1. Add 1 quart of water to a large pot for every 2 ounces of dried herbs; for this recipe you’ll use 5 quarts of water. Simmer herbal mixture for 2–4 hours, uncovered, to create a concentrated tea: The liquid will significantly reduce. If you have time (i.e., no one’s sick yet), let the herbs sit in the water overnight in the refrigerator.

2. In the morning, strain the herbs from the liquid and warm the liquid. Turn off heat and, while still warm, add 1 cup honey to the mixture and stir until dissolved. Store in the refrigerator if you’ll use within 2 weeks, otherwise store in the freezer in an airtight container. Note: These herbs are naturally mild and palatable, but if you’d prefer it sweeter, add another ½ cup of honey.

Dosage

For children: 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of syrup every 2–3 hours. Double the amount for adults. As a preventative, especially if anyone else in the house is sick, ingest 1 ounce per day.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dried elderberries
  • 2 ounces astragalus root
  • 2 ounces licorice root
  • 2 ounces dried nettles
  • 2 ounces dried rose hips
  • 1–1½ cups raw, unfiltered honey
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