I can't think of a better example of "peace of mind" than the feeling that comes from having confidence and control over your own and your family's health. Good Health is such a blessing we often take for granted. In our house, we do a lot of things with herbs and foods that support a strong immune system, and it brings us great peace knowing we are doing everything we can (and in our power) to support our health, naturally. Elderberries are great way to naturally support the immune system. "According to USDA National Nutrient Database, Elderberries are packed with nutrients including minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, and copper, as well as vitamins, such as vitamin A, B, and C...[the berries are also] anti-inflammatory and antioxidant..." What better way to celebrate the Celtic Month of Elder than to make delicious homemade Elderberry Syrup? I hope to pick my own Elderberries someday :)
Here's my recipe (This is a big batch - makes about 7 cups - enough to last a family of 4 a few months, so be prepared to store in clean, sanitized mason jars with a tight lid):
1. In a big, heavy pot, stir together:
8 cups spring water
1 1/4 cups dried elderberries *from a reputable source*
1.5 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground clove
3 tbsp. fresh ginger root, chopped and bruised
2. Bring to a boil, cover with a heavy lid, and simmer on low for 1 hour.
3. Uncover, and let simmer 10 more minutes. It should be reduced to about half.
4. Remove from heat and let cool down to warm. Strain into a bowl. Mush the berries in the strainer to strain excess juice. Discard or compost berries and ginger.
5. Whisk into warm elderberry juice until well-blended:
6. Store in clean jars with a tight lid.
Keeps for about 3 months in the fridge. To use: For daily immune support, adults take 2 tsp. and kids take 1/2 tsp. per day. For fighting common illnesses, can take a few times throughout the day. Great plain or mixed into juice or hot tea.