My teenage son loves to tease me about my hippy ways, especially when I pull out the natural remedies. I really got an eye-rolling from him the other night when I asked for his help to coat his little brother’s feet with honey and cover them with socks before bedtime. His brother had crawled across a splintery deck without socks and ended up with about a million tiny splinters. I had read that honey helps draw out splinters and prevents infection since it’s antibacterial. Laugh all you want, but it worked like a dream!
My first course of action for illness or injury is almost always a natural remedy. During cold and flu season my go-to treatment is homemade elderberry syrup. Elderberries are known to boost the immune system and fight disease. I believe in their power. When I’m on that edge between wellness and sickness, a daily dose of elderberry syrup brings me back to a place of wellness.
You can buy ready-made elderberry syrup, but it’s much more economical to make your own. You can make it with three ingredients – dried elderberries, raw honey, and water. My recipe has added spices that are optional. All the ingredients can be found at a natural food store. I’d recommend picking up a bag of dried elderberries now, because in the depth of winter when colds and the flu run rampant, they fly off the shelf and are harder to find. Make sure to use honey that is labeled “raw” and per my recipe instructions, add it to the elderberry water after the mixture has cooled to a barely warm temperature. This ensures you’ll get the antibacterial benefits of raw honey.
The best part about taking this medicine is that it’s delicious! You can take a dose right off a spoon, add it to a smoothie, flavor water with it, pour it over pancakes, or stir it into some plain yogurt. My family has found this remedy useful and it’s my wish that it helps support your family in wellness too.
- 2/3 cup dried elderberries
- 2 cinnamon sticks, optional
- 3-4 slices fresh ginger, optional
- 1 teaspoon dried whole cloves, optional
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup raw honey