“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”Hippocrates
May you be blessed with health, gratitude, and hope as much as possible as we navigate this mystery, the often discomfort, and the waves of all emotions. I understand you! These small gestures of self-care, learning, writing, sharing, feeling, holding, releasing, and creating help me to carry on. May our flame of hope and dreaming be the stars that shine in the darkness- this too shall pass. This sweet, lovely, easy recipe is for You- so that you can find peace and love in our simple core routines that help us to stay in the Now.
These healing ingredients are some of my favorite apothecary helpers that inhabit my kitchen almost always. I have used them for years and love how they feel in my body, helping me to get stronger. Above all, they are endorsed by herbalists and natural medicine practitioners to be top immuno-boosters, charged with antioxidants, and, thus, loving and supportive to our hard working bodies. When they come together in this gorgeous concoction, they create magic and “mmmm” music!
Elderberry, an anciently used medicinal berry for its high antiviral benefits, plus turmeric root, one of the top plants on the planet for fighting disease, create a powerful potion for elevating our health during these compromising times, when stress, fear, and toxic environments degrade our cellular composition.
In addition, I invited ginger root, lavender, raw honey, and citrus in a non-alcoholic tonic to create a sensual, delicious, with super duper healing energies syrup for our bodymindspirit beautifulness that is us!
To keep this blog short, please press the enclosed links above so you can learn more about the medicinal benefits of each of my ingredients listed.
Drinking these tonics regularly, but especially during times of stress, helps me feel more at ease knowing that I am doing my best to take care of our bodies and immunity towards the unexpected and to keep on keeping on. To say the least, this recipe is timely!
The berries, flowers, and bark of the elder (Sambucus) plant have long been prized by herbalists across the globe, and modern studies have also substantiated the berries’ ability to help maintain normal, healthy functioning of our immune system. This makes elderberry an excellent plant ally to promote resilience during times when our body’s systems are particularly stressed …”Mountain Rose Herbs
I take about 2 teaspoons a day in a beautiful little cup, and give the medicines my thanks for helping me stay strong.
This easy Instapot recipe will keep handy in your fridge. For longer term storage, I freeze it. Because it does not contain alcohol, it will not preserve on your counter all year long or too long in your fridge. The raw honey though does help in preserving it, but I recommend freezing parts of it and defrosting them as you need them. Remember to label your jars and date them. While they are in the fridge, I use the syrup within one week to be safe.
Note: I recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Babies should not consume raw honey if they are younger than 1 year– always check your doctor for any appropriate medicinals for babies. In addition, consult with your practitioner about dosages. This recipe has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This creation is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. My recipe is for educational purposes only.
Makes about 2 1/4 cups of syrup
For Pressure Cooking
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries
- 2 cups fresh, filtered, healthy, vibrant water (a 4:1 ratio is recommended)
- 1.2 oz fresh raw turmeric root sliced in big chunks
- 0.5 oz fresh ginger root sliced in big chunks
- 1 big cinnamon stick
- 10 cloves
- 1/2 tsp dried lavender blossoms
- 1 orange squeezed, then sliced into 4 big chunks with the skin on
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
After pressure cooking
- raw honey to taste, I used 2 heaping Tablespoons
- optional: freshly squeezed lemon juice
- optional: MCT coconut oil or any oil you love
- Gather all your ingredients, making sure the fresh roots are washed properly. I leave the skins on, and cut into big chunks. The orange can be squeezed entirely into a bowl, then sliced in 4 big chunks, leaving the skin on as well for extra nutrition. Place all your ingredients (EXCEPT the honey, lemon juice, and oil) into the Instapot.
- Give them a nice stir with love, then lock in place, and pressure cook for 15 minutes. (If you do not have an Instapot, you can use a stove top method too).
- Release the pressure cooker with the quick release method, make sure to follow your Instapot instructions for this.
- Let the brew cool off entirely, warm is okay, hot is not recommended. Letting it steep and cool off also helps the medicinals to settle in and maximize their powers.
- Then use a cloth/cheese cloth sieve, placing about 1/4 cup of the mix into it at a time, as you press and squeeze with your hands to collect every bit of syrup possible, as the syrup gathers over a container/bowl. Do this until you strain everything, especially the berries and citrus so to maximize on your creation.
- Compost the pulp. Sweeten the syrup with raw honey to your taste. Then place your syrup in 3 or 4 separate little mason jars, labeling, dating them, and freezing what you will use later, and keeping in the fridge what you plan to use within a week.
- I sometimes squeeze fresh lemon juice into my syrup that I am about to drink, thus adding more vitamin C. I drink it, then follow that with 1 Tablespoon of MCT oil to increase the absorption of the turmeric root benefits. MCT oil is also antiviral.
Get creative and make your own recipe- try cardamom, vanilla bean, nutmeg, all spice, or anything you fancy!
This syrup is fantastically delicious, while being healthy! It is great on pancakes, desserts, cereals, ice cream, in dressings, as an addition to your special elixirs, in your smoothies, for your juices, first thing in the morning, or as the last drink of the night! Enjoy- to LOVE ‘n LIFE!
Health benefits of the elder plant include naturally improving sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and even cancer. When used within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the extract may even help relieve and shorten the duration of cold and flu symptoms as well.
Currently, there are over 12,500 peer-reviewed articles published proving turmeric benefits, especially one of its renowned healing compounds, curcumin. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for so many of its benefits. In fact, turmeric is even good for dogs thanks to this ingredient. Some of its benefits are: may slow blood clots, may reduce depression, fights inflammation, boosts skin health, assists arthritis, could treat and prevent cancers, plus more.
The benefits of ginger are extensive and well researched, some include helping with nausea, fights fungal infections, protects against stomach ulcers, eases menstrual cramps, inhibits cancer growth, relieves pain, promotes brain function, and so much more!
Lavender improves digestion, relieves pain, is a natural antioxidant, and has a long list of additional benefits. Raw honey contains bee pollen, which is known to ward off infections, provides natural allergy relief and boosts overall immunity. Clove tea offers lots of health benefits such as antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial effects. Cinnamon is another powerful medicinal. Researchers have found that cinnamon ranks No. 1 out of 26 of the most popular herbs and spices in the world in terms of its protective antioxidant levels.