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Thursday, October 2

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Astragalus, elderberry, and garlic...oh my! 

Cold and flu season are beating at the door, and it's time to whip our immune systems into shape! 
A little bit of immune booster background :
Astragalus - comes in pill or tincture form, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Its main use has been to boost the body's immune system.
Elderberry - used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.
Garlic - best taken raw, contains many sulfur compounds which detoxify the body, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and improve circulation.
Now, I can't tell you how to make astragalus, and garlic cloves are pretty easy (just peel and eat raw), but making your own elderberry syrup will save you quite a bit.  For the price of one bottle of elderberry syrup at the store, you could make ten to fifteen times that amount at home!  This is super easy, and anyone can make it. 

Start with good, organic elderberries.  We can usually find a good organic brand at Amazon, but would rather pay more to get them from somewhere else if Amazon doesn't have the organic brand available.  Typically, we triple or quadruple the recipe and participate in an herb swap...more on that later.
Bring the elderberries, cinnamon stick(s), and water to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer half an hour.  It will thicken up a little bit.  Strain out the berries and stick(s).
Jar your elderberry syrup and store it in the fridge.  Easy-peasy!  (And always make sure to label your jars.)  See below for the recipe in its entirety.
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Simple Elderberry Syrup
  • ½ cup of dried elderberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups of water
Put all of the ingredients into a pot and bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to a very low simmer, and reduce liquid by about ½ (usually takes about 20-30 minutes). Strain out the herbs and add 1 cup of raw honey (optional).

Store your syrup in a closed jar in the refrigerator.

One final word.....don't forget to eat a healthy, colorful diet. 

The foods we eat are the best immune booster of all!