Elderberry is a popular herb, found in a large number of over-the-counter cold and cough syrups, is commonly used to fight viral infections, such as the common cold and flu. “The following herbal tea combines the cold- and flu-fighting qualities of elderberry with the warming and stimulating properties of several pungent herbs: ginger (Zingiber officinale), black pepper (Piper nigrum), rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris).” (Source)
- Place the elderberries, ginger, black pepper, and water in a small saucepan. Cover, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
- Turn off the heat. Add the rosemary and thyme. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. We add the aromatic herbs at the end so that their volatile oils don’t evaporate during the simmering process.
- Strain. Add honey (or other sweetener) as desired.
- Drink throughout the day.
Recipe & Image Source: (c) Rosalee de la Forêt. HerbMentor.com