Elderberry Immune-Enhancing Elixer

Yesterday I whipped up a new recipe for an amazingly delicious and noursishing immune enhancing formula. Here I will share with you how to make your own.


2 cups dried elderberries
1 cup astragalus root
1/3 cup echinacea root
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Tbsp licorice root
2 Tbsp dandelion root
1 Tbsp dried grated orange peel (organic only)
15 peach pits (optional, but yummy!)
2 cups raw honey OR vegetable glycerine
12 cups water

Note: If you are ordering the dried herbs, I recommend the company mountain rose herbs, as they carry the best quality organic and ethically harvested herbs worldwide.

So, start by measuring your ingredients and placing all the dried herbs in a pot. Add in the 12 cups of filtered or distilled water and cover the pot. Bring to a boil then gently simmer for 5-10 minutes. Turn off heat, leaving the pot covered and allow to steep for 8-12 hours. Bring to a simmer for a second time, turn off heat, then allow to steep again for 1-2 hours. Strain out all the plant material, then return the herbal-infused liquid back into the pot. You should have about 7-8 cups of liquid. (You can stop at this point and use the herbal infusion as is, taken as a strong tea, or proceed with the following instructions to make the elixer) Reduce the liquid by 50% by heating the liquid just enough to produce steam for about 2 hours. once reduced, this herbal liquid is called a decoction, which is basically a very very concentrated water-based medicine. Now, while the decoction is still warm mix in the honey or the vegetable glycerine, to taste. Pour into sterilized bottles and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

This formula is designed to help support immune health, especially in the cooler seasons. The herbs that are included are both mildly warming and stimulating to the immune system. You can take 1 Tbsp daily to prevent illness, or up to 6 Tbsp/day to help sooth symptoms of sore throat, colds, coughs, and congestion.  For children, give 1 tsp/day for prevention and up to 6 tsp/day to ease above mentioned symptoms.


About earthwisemedicinals

Chana Laila has been studying herbal medicine since 2003 when she enrolled as an apprentice at Blazing Star Herbal School. Throughout her time studying herbal medicine, Chana Laila has become the mother of three children, and has focused on learning how to care for her family using herbal remedies and products. This work has inspired her to create Earthwise Medicinals, a line of ethically and sustainably harvested herbal products for women's and children's health. In 2004 Chana Laila completed a doula training program and currently works with women to offer professional labor support services. Chana Laila teaches classes on herbal medicine for women's health, as well as classes on how to make herbal preparations at home, and is currently enrolled in a correspondence certification program on herbal medicine for women's health taught by Aviva Jill Romm. Chana Laila is also a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Her music can be found at http://chanalaila.bandcamp.com and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chanalaila
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