We have had an sickness of monumental proportions come running through our house. When you have a big family, especially with little children, this happens. The children won’t always share their toys but they happily share their sickness.
I had prepared a batch of elderberry syrup when the first child showed that she was under the weather…but with multiple people taking it…it didn’t last the whole time.
So I whipped up a new batch.
This time it was Elderberry and Rose Hips.
Rose hips are amazing little things. Chock full of vitamin C…which is always welcome when you are ill. They are sweet, which can help with the sweet-yet-not-sweet taste of Elderberries.
I called this the “Extra Magic” version because it also has other beneficial herbs for extra magical healing.
To make Mama’s Extra Magic Elderberry and Rosehip Syrup
- 1 cup dried Elderberries
- 1/2 cup dried Rose hips
- 1/2 cup Licorice
- 1/2 cup Echinacea angustifolia root *Buy cultivated
- 1/4 cup Oregon grape root. *Buy cultivated
- 6 cup water
- 2 cups honey
Bring elderberries and rose hips to boil in the 6 cups water.
Once boiling, reduce to simmer and add in remaining herbs. Simmer until liquid is reduced to about half.
Strain out all herbs (squeezing the herbs to get all the good stuff out but be careful because it will be hot, don’t let it cool too much because you need it warm/hot for the honey)
Add the honey to your liquid and stir until dissolved.
VOILA your Extra Magic Elderberry and Rosehip syrup is done.
Bottle, label with ingredients and date made.
Store in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Adults: 1 tablespoon several times throughout the day…at least 4 times.
Children: 1-2 teaspoons 4-5 times during the day.
*Echinacea spp. is currently on the United Plant Savers (UPS) “at-risk” list. Please buy cultivated to support this plant reestablishing is native population.
*Oregon grape root is currently on the UPS “to-watch” list. This plant takes several years before it is ready to harvest and then because you are harvesting the root, kills the plant. Please buy cultivated when possible. If wildcrafted please check with the company to find out their standards for harvesting from the wild (taking less than 1/3 of any growth for example).
Curious about why I don’t add Astragalus to my Elderberry? This is a very popular addition as Astragalus is amazing as boosting the immune system…however WHEN YOU ARE SICK Astragalus should be discontinued. In traditional Chinese medicine tonic herbs (which Astragalus is) are ceased during illness because it can cause stagnation (meaning stuff won’t move…think of stagnant air or water) and even “feed” the illness (from Adaptogens by David Winston).