**COMING AGAIN 9/24!** Extra Potent Elderberry Elixir

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**COMING AGAIN 9/24!** Extra Potent Elderberry Elixir

from 26.00

We will make more of this in fall 2017; in the meanwhile we have pure elderberry tincture available here!

"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

 

Every winter I search for the best immune boosting and bug fighting medicine I can find, and I stock up.

This year, 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.

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Folks tend to call antiviral and antibacterial herbs "immune boosting", but they're two separate things. The former kill germs, the latter boost immunity.

This formula combines herbs that do both AND was made using the strongest extraction techniques for the herbs used:

1. Elderberry Juice + Tincture

I followed the lead of my favorite herbalist Kiva Rose and chose to use uncooked berries rather than heat them. Kiva writes that "I have found time after time that Elderberry is MUCH more effective when not heated in any way."

Okay so there's talk out there about raw elderberries being toxic, but renowned herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner goes on a four page self described "rant" about this in his book Herbal Antivirals.

Basically, elderberries are only toxic if eaten in large amounts or if the toxic compound is isolated and taken on its own. You would never do either of those things, so don't trip.

Buhner writes that the cyanogenic compounds in elder are also present in cherries and apples, BTW.

And to be clear, these are the black elderberries (Sambucus canadensis), not the red.

Aside from its world renowned ability to disarm the flu virus and prevent it from penetrating your cells, elderberry is an immune system modulator that helps the body to respond appropriately to the situation at hand.

In her 1931 book A Modern Herbal, Maude Grieve writes that elder is "One of the best preventatives known against the advance of influenza and the ill effects of a chill. A little cinnamon may be added." (She goes on to recommend adding fresh ginger- both are in this elixir!)

Wildcrafted.


2. Ginger Juice

In the same book Buhner says 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.

Organic.


3. Rosehip Decoction

 

Simmered over a low heat. More help for the immune system. Vitamin C y'all. Plus so many other micronutrients and some serious anti-inflammatory action. So soothing.

Wildcrafted.


4. Licorice Decoction

Buhner recommends licorice as a strong antiviral and as 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.

Organic.

 

5. Juniper Berry Tincture

In Herbal Antibiotics Buhner says that the medicinal constituents of juniper are not water soluble and are best extracted by alcohol. Strongly antibacterial, among many other things.

Wildcrafted.


6. 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!)

Organic.


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.
 

"Amber, your Elderberry Elixir is lit." -Sophia Rose, La Abeja Herbs

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