Berry Strengthening Syrup

Along with bone broth, I also recommend regularly taking a syrup made with deeply nutritious and strengthening berries.  This is especially important in the winter when we are more vulnerable to flus and colds.

Berries are filled with antioxidant flavonoids that protect the body as it ages and brings needed vitamins and minerals in a way that is easily absorbable.  Children also tend to to love this syrup as well.   Elder is particularly protective against the flu virus, hawthorn is cardiprotective and hypotensive, schisandra  decreases fatigue, improves endurance and stamina while astragalus strengthens the immune system and protects against colds and the flu.

Ingredients:

1 cup black elderberries (sambucus nigra)

1/2 cup hawthorn berries

1/2 cup schisandra berries

4 sticks astragalus

2 teaspoons ginger

1 cinnamon stick

4 cups of water

local raw honey

In a pot add the herbs to the water and bring to a boil and then simmer for 40 minutes.  To get more out of it really mash the berries during the process.  Then  strain out the herbs and let the berry juice cool until it is warm.   You should have around 3 cups of juice left.   Then add 8 ounces of honey or more until you enjoy the taste.   Then bottle and label it and preserve it in the refrigerator.

 

Dose: 1 tablespoon twice a day.  This should last about a month at this dosage.

 

Cost:  

1 cup (3 ounces) dried elderberries at 1.15$ an ounce= 3.45$

1/2 cup (1.5 ounces) dried hawthorn berries at 75 cents an ounce=$1.12

1/2 cup schisandra ( 1.5 ounces) at 1$ an ounce.  $1.50

4 sticks astragalus (1/2 ounce) at 65 cents an ounce= 33 cents

2 teaspoons ginger= about 25 cents

1 cinnamon stick= 10 cents

8 ounces Honey.  about 4 $

So thats about 10.25$ to make this preparation which has 60 doses and lasts about a month.    Thats about 35 cents a day.