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Medicinal Herbal Syrup for Immunity Boost

Whether it’s for a cough, cold, immunity boost or a sore throat, my go to is a decoction made into a syrup. It’s yummy, effective and super easy to do. Plus, it lasts a good while!

So, let’s get into it!! We start of with making a decoction.

In short, a decoction is herbs etc boiled in water to make a strong ‘tea’.
(Obviously there’s a lot more to that, and in future posts I may get into it further, but for now, that’s basically all there is to it)

Now, for those of you that actually know me, I am a herbalist and a holistic healer/ counsellor, along with being a practicing green/ kitchen witch (a subject for another post 😉 ).
Anyhoo, this means I have a massive collection of herbs and many, many recipes to use all those herbs!
There will be plenty more recipes for you to try for yourself!

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I do need to say, I am NOT totally against the use of modern medicine! Far from it! And I very strongly believe that the choice is all yours, not one person should tell you how you should or shouldn’t feel about the subject!! I just think that herbs are truly and utterly amazing and, in this day and age, seemingly forgotten about. WHY?!? Herbs are like little powerhouses full of medicinal goodness.

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OK, sorry, I waffled a bit, but you get the idea. I think herbs rock!

Back to the original subject!

Righto, begin by boiling your kettle, you want enough to fill a large coffee plunger, 500ml is good, or a jar, or a pot, anything you want to use as long as it’s not plastic or aluminium. You can also put the herbs into a saucepan and bring them up to the simmer, simmering for aprox 20-30 mins, but you know, I’m lazy!

For this recipe, we are making a syrup that will boost your immunity and help ease head cold symptoms.

Into the plunger add:
(all herbs used are dried)
2 Tbls Echinacea (The ultimate head cold heavy weight fighter!)
2 Tbls Ginger Root (Warming and soothes inflammation)
2 Tbls Elderberry (Vitamin C tablets eat your heart out!)
2 Tbls Elderflower (Cause they taste super yummy, and more vitamin C!)
1 Tbls Feverfew (Pain and inflammation reliever, awesome for headaches!!)

Pour over boiling water (approx. 300-350ml), place plunger top on, but do not plunge it yet!
Allow this to sit until cooled, though do give it a swirl or stir often.

Now this decoction can be used as is, if preferred, you just add a good bit into the bottom of your cup (I’m going to say, around, 2 tablespoons), then add a good teaspoon of honey to it before filling your cup with boiling water.
I personally prefer the syrup as you can take a teaspoon of it straight out of the jar as needed and it tastes great!

Simple right!

Well, stay tuned, it gets better!!!

With your decoction cooled and thoroughly steeped with all it’s medicinal goodness bursting at the seams, lets make it even more incredible!!

You’ll need a good saucepan for this, again, please don’t use one of those cheap and nasty pots or a pot that has the anti-stick lining scratched.
Plunge the coffee plunger, squeezing every last bit out of it. You can also use a strainer lined with cheesecloth, or whatever you have on hand that will do the job.
Put your stove burner onto a medium heat and add your decoction.
Into the decoction, add approx. 1/2 a cup of good quality, local (I cannot stress this enough!! Info on that later!) honey, and preferably honey that hasn’t been heat treated at all, so a cold pressed honey please!
Let this melt in completely and keep stirring gently, just so it doesn’t catch on the bottom at all.
You’re going to let it come to a simmer, but don’t let it boil!!
Keep stirring and breathing in that earthy goodness, for around 15 minutes. It will thicken slightly, but only ever so slightly.

Check out that colour!!

This next bit is super important!!!!

USE CLEAN, STERALISED glass jars to store your syrup in.

Like any preserve of any sort, you want clean, clean jars!!

Again, only use glass jars!!

Pour your Syrup into your jars, pop the lids on and allow to cool completely on the bench.

To store your syrup, make sure you label it properly with what the syrup is for and the date you made it. Keep it in a cupboard, or at least out of direct sunlight.
This will store for ages, months, maybe even longer, but keep an eye on it.

Dosage:
1 to 2 teaspoons morning and night.
However, if you are suffering from a cold, flu or generally drained, you can take this several times a day. I would take it every couple of hours.
The other way to take it, which is my favourite, is to put 2 teaspoons worth into a cup and fill with hot water to make a tea. This is a great way to warm you up if you have a cold and it soothes a sore throat.

Now, I want to just go back a little and explain why I only use COLD processed, LOCAL honey.

The finished product!

It is well documented that honey that is harvested using the cold process method, retains all of it’s medicinal goodness.
This being the case, if you suffer from allergies or alike and you use honey as close to home as possible, you can virtually guarantee that the bees are feasting on your local flora, and with that, ingesting the properties of said flora that cause you those allergies.

The theory behind you taking this local golden goodness into your system is that by ingesting the thing that is causing you the allergy, you are building up your immunity in minute doses at a time!
Those fluffy butted little buzzers are pretty awesome little critters aren’t they?!

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I do promise to do loads more posts on herbs and their benefits, with plenty of recipes to come!

I hope you enjoyed this little snippet and if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to address, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me!

Until next time……

Live Life to the Fullest, Love Beyond Words and Laugh Like No one Can Hear You!!

– Amy and Mark
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3 responses to “Medicinal Herbal Syrup for Immunity Boost”

  1. Oh this would have served me well at the height of covid last week! But I’ll still make a batch up anyway because I think it would be good to take a spoonful of daily!

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    1. I think I put it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, but mustn’t of put it on Insta! Sorry!! It’s fantastic and something I take morning and night! But I do really enjoy it as a tea!
      Hope you love it too ❤️❤️

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  2. […] and turn it into a syrup like I did with the immune boosting decoction in an earlier blog (click here to see that […]

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