My two pantry apothecary essentials for winter are honey fermented garlic and elderberry syrup. Garlic is great for knocking bacterial infections on the head, you just have to put up with the garlic breath! …
I try to always have a stash of elderberry syrup on hand during winter. It is definitely one of the better tasting herbal remedies, one I can manage to sneak into the whole family.
In the UK and Europe, elderberry has long been revered as a valuable hedgerow medicine. It has been used since ancient times for all manner of ills. In England, it was referred to as “the medicine chest of the country people”.
Today, scientific studies have shown that the berry does indeed support our immune system. It is antiviral and significantly shortens the duration of cold and flu symptoms. It also has the ability to ward off these viruses if taken in large enough doses, early enough. Add to this its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is a herb truly suited to the winter months….