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Elderberry Calendula Cold and Flu Elixir


1 C fresh (or 2/3 C dried) calendula flowers
1 C fresh (or 2/3 C dried) elderberries
1/2 C fresh (or 1/3 C dried) elderflowers
1/2 C fresh (or 1/3 C dried) rose hips
2 tbsp fresh (or 1 tbsp dried) orange peel
1 tbsp fresh (or 1 tsp dried) ginger
Honey ( Or Honey Alternative such as Bee Free Honee for Vegan option)

  1. Fill a clean, sterilized quart jar (4 cup capacity) with herbs.
  2. Add brandy, pouring until herbs covered by 1-2 inches of brandy and jar is approximately 3/4 full.
  3. Add honey (or Honee), leaving 1 inch of space at the top of the jar.
  4. Poke chopstick into jar to release any trapped air bubbles and ensure brandy and honey are coating herbs.
  5. Put cap on and label jar with ingredients and date.
  6. Let steep for 4-6 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking daily.
  7. Filter elixir by pouring through a fine mesh filter or several layers of cheesecloth over a bowl or wide-mouth jar. Press the marc (plant material) to squeeze out every last drop of elixir.
  8. Compost the marc and cap and label the elixir.

At the first symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, I take 2-3 teaspoons of elixir every two to three hours. Frequent doses are the key to effective treatment! Listen to your body to tailor the dosage to your needs.

Via: Herbal Academy of New England see original post HERE which has information on how these herbs help to protect you from and battle against colds and flu.

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