Extra Potent Elderberry Elixir
Extra Potent Elderberry Elixir
"We just LOVE your Elderberry Elixir! I swear it has kept our family from three potential sicknesses this year!" -Laura Cronin, Wrapped in a Mala
<<< Dosage recommendations are at the bottom of this listing >>>
Every winter I search for the best immune boosting and bug fighting medicine I can find, and I stock up.
In fall of 2016, inspired by the desire to send the strongest medicine to Standing Rock that I could, I said "Let there be an extra potent elderberry elixir."
And then, when half the kids in my daughter's 4th grade class got the flu (many ending up in the ER) and she didn't, I saw that it was good. And so I made more, and it quickly became our bestselling medicine. Thank you.
1. Wildcrafted Elderberry Juice + Tincture
One of the most renowned antiviral herbs in the world, for good reason.
2. Organic Ginger Juice
In the his book Herbal Antivirals, Stephen Harrod Buhner (my past guest on the Medicine Stories Podcast) writes that dried ginger has ABSOLUTELY ZERO antiviral activity. It has to be fresh, and the juice is best, and then its effects are very strong.
I drink the crap out of fresh pressed ginger juice when I'm sick and it's enormously helpful, so I decided just to put some right into this syrup.
3. Wildcrafted and/or Organic Rosehip Decoction
Simmered over a low heat. More help for the immune system. Everyone's favorite immune-boosting vitamin that shall not be named because of supplement labeling regulations (hint: the word citrus starts with it), plus so many other micronutrients and some serious anti-inflammatory action. So soothing.
4. Organic Licorice Decoction
A strong antiviral and an immune system tonic. It is also revered in herbal medicine as the ultimate synergist- an herb that enhances the actions of the other herbs its combined with in a formula and orchestrates all of them to be greater than the sum of their parts.
5. Juniper Berry Tincture
In another of his books, Herbal Antibiotics, Buhner says that the medicinal constituents of juniper are not water soluble and are best extracted by alcohol. Strongly antibacterial (potentially helpful in case of a secondary bacterial infection that may accompany a viral infection), and dispersive (helps to move the medicine quickly throughout the body).
6. Organic Powdered Cinnamon
Adds extra antibacterial activity and imparts cinnamon's famous ability to enhance circulation and warm up the body. A warm body is more effective at defeating the offending micro-organisms (Grandma was right- stay bundled!)
7. Raw Honey
It's so easy to think of honey as merely the background in herbal syrups, but raw honey is a major part of the medicine!
In fact, it's one of the "herbs" Buhner highlights in Herbal Antibiotics. It has both antibacterial and antiviral properties and makes medicinal syrups delicious for kids and adults alike.
This honey comes from McLaughry Farms in Grass Valley, CA.
Tinctures were made with vodka and decoctions were made with fresh mountain spring water!
Some sources contraindicate juniper for pregnancy. Never give raw honey to babies younger than a year old. Do some research if you wish to know more about either of these statements.
Take a spoonful of any size whenever desired. Use once a day for prevention, once an hour in acute situations. Dosage is an imprecise art form. Trust yourself, and adjust your intake as you get to know the medicine.
"Amber, your Elderberry Elixir is lit." -Sophia Rose, La Abeja Herbs
Seeking more winter wellness support? Check out our Yerba Santa Elixir for delicious, immediately noticeable respiratory action and our St. John's Wort Herbal Body Oil to help induce the deep sleep needed in order to for the immune system to do its job.