I’ve noticed with this long, cold winter that a lot of people are still suffering from winter colds and flues. I’ve made this over the last number of years and have personally found it very helpful. Calling on the Elder Queen to enhance this Elixir wasn’t my idea initially but I think that it adds to the potency of it.
The Elder Queen Elderberry Cold Elixir
1/2 cups dried Elderberries
2 Tbsp. dried Echinacea
5 inch long piece of ginger, peeled and cut into thin slices
8-10 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
3 cups distilled water
1/2 cups raw honey
juice from one small lemon (optional – using the lemon can shorten shelf life)
Take all the ingredients from above with the except of the honey and lemon juice and put it into a stainless steel pot. Place on stove and bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.
Measure the honey and lemon juice into a mason jar. Once the liquid has reduce by about half it is ready. Let cool until it is lukewarm. Squish up all the berries to release the rest of the juice and then strain the juice and pour it into the mason jar with the honey and lemon juice mixture. Stir gently while saying:
By the berries of the Lady’s tree
And by the herbs and the honey bee
This brew I stir and bless with strength
To heal and cure and shorten the length
Of cold and flu and all its pains
As health returns and strength regains
By the Lady’s Power and by my will
This potion now will cure this ill.
This can then be used for both adults and children. I would suggest 1 -2 tables spoons up to 4 times a day for an adult and 1 tablespoon up to 3 times a day for children. It can be used for colds and helps soothe sore throats and ease symptoms of colds and flu. As well, all of the ingredients are known to help boost the immune system. Store in the fridge for up to 6 weeks if you don’t use the lemon juice. 3 weeks if you do use the lemon juice. Please note that this is a home remedy and I am not putting this out there as a medicine or claiming that it will cure your ills. If you are sick please see a doctor. This should not be construed or taken as medical advice.