Babies, babies, babies...
The babies are landing...nine kids this past week. Of course (as they always do!) they waited for the snowiest, coldest days we've had but everyone is snuggling in the barn and the milk is beginning to flow. There's boxes of honey to extract, too, so there will be plenty of raw ingredients for even more soap-making. And with all the hours outside lately in the cold and wind and frequent trips during the nights out to the barn, it's important to keep the immune system bolstered, especially in this epic flu season we've had. So I'm sharing my favorite (and very tasty) anti-viral remedy - elderberry syrup. A wonderful plant that is beautiful,
hardy and easy to grow almost everywhere.
2/3 cup elderberries (fresh, dried or frozen)
31/2 cups water
2 tablespoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Boil then cover and simmer for 45 minutes or so until reduced by half. Mash the berries and strain then cool slightly and add 1 cup raw honey, and I like to add the juice of half a lemon. Take one tablespoon every day as a preventative, increase to 1 teaspoon every hour if sick with a cold or flu