One of the ways that we live simply, is by focusing on prevention – when you live a healthy lifestyle, and support your immune system, it’s much easier to avoid illness.
We do a few things to help boost our immune system – eating fresh, whole foods, chicken broth, lots of garlic & onions, and avoiding sugar. We diffuse essential oils to keep the air clean, and also use them for cleaning to keep surfaces germ-free. We keep our home toxin-free, so that our bodies can focus on doing what they’re supposed to do, rather than detoxing chemicals.
Elderberry Syrup is one of our go-to remedies for cold and flu prevention. We typically take it throughout the fall and winter months. It’s simple to make, tastes delicious, and helps keep us protected.
3 1/2 cups filtered water
2/3 cup dried elderberries
1/2 tsp cloves (whole or ground)
1 tsp cinnamon (or break up a whole cinnamon stick)
2 tbsp ginger (fresh or dried)
1 cup local, raw honey
In a small sauce pan, add the water, elderberries, and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 mins – 1 hour, or until the liquid has been reduced by half (you can usually see the stain on the sauce pan to know when it has been reduced). Allow to cool a little, then mash with a potato masher to get all the goodness out of the elderberries.
Pour it through a sieve into a bowl, pressing the elderberries with the back of a spoon to extract all the juice.
Compost the leftover elderberries.
Once the liquid is lukewarm, stir in the honey until it’s fully dissolved.
Pour into a jar and keep refrigerated.
Take 1 tsp/day for prevention, or 2-3x/day if you’re experiencing cold and flu symptoms.