- 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
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.
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.