I‘ve been feeling under the weather recently and have been brewing up a bunch of different health tonics. The one I am sharing with you today is amazing for the immune system and tastes great. When I start to feel like I’m coming down with something this is one of my go-to tonics. It is perfect for fall and winter and does not take long to make.
You don’t have to be sick to enjoy this warm, healing tonic. Consume this a few times a week to keep your immune system strong. Can’t wait to hear how you like it!
Elderberries: One of the most powerful antioxidant berries. They contain high levels of vitamins A and C as well as iron and phosphorus. Elderberries contain antiviral and immune boosting properties and can help reduce the duration of flu symptoms. Elderberries strengthen the respiratory system and enhance circulation.
*I love this organic elderberry tincture that is alcohol free so it has a wonderful sweet/sour taste.
Ginger: One of my favorite digestives and boasts a laundry list of health benefits. Ginger is an awesome anti-inflammatory, helps settle upset tummies, clears seasonal congestion, and it improves assimilation of essential nutrients. In Ayurvedic medicine ginger is considered warming and stimulating which is great for building our digestive fire – a key component to health and longevity.
Lemon: Antibacterial, helps with elimination, super high in vitamin C. Lemons reduce inflammation and helps to fight viral infections.
Rose Hips: Rich source of vitamin C, reduces inflammation, increases blood flow to the limbs, and quenches thirst.
Elderberry Immunity Tonic
- 3 c. water
- 2, 1 -inch knobs fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins
- 1 T dried rose hips
- 3 droppers full of elderberry tincture
- 1/2 lemon
- Pour the water into a small pot. Add the ginger and rose hips. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once boiling cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.
- Let cool 5 minutes.
- Add the elderberry tincture and lemon juice.
- Strain into mugs and drink warm.
If it’s too spicy for you from the ginger just add more water. You can store this and reheat it after straining it, adding the elderberry and lemon juice just before serving. You can also double or triple this recipe. When I’m not feeling well I typically brew one batch per day.