After surprisingly and thankfully wild harvesting elderberries by the pound a few weeks ago I was so excited to make a syrup. Tis the season for colds and flus and I wanted to make sure that anything I take this year (and forever) is all natural and local as possible. A reason I love connecting with the plants around me is because what is more local and organic than wild foods and medicine? Not all of these ingredients are local, but they are beautiful medicines that I believe everyone can benefit from. Shizandra, Chaga, Reishi, and Astragalus are adaptogens.
Adaptogen: "A nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning"
Basically, these substances, mainly herbal medicine's, don't have ONE function. If we had to classify their many functions down to ONE, I would say BALANCE. Adaptogens help bring the body back into it's natural and whole state by helping our bodies where they need it the most, which will obviously be different for everyone. This is why taking adaptogens during seasonal transitions is so crucial. We get sick when we find it difficult to adapt. So instead of trying to fight these not so easy times of transition, let us get into the same wave length and work with the season. This syrup is literally made to do just that:
~4 Cups Cooled Chaga Tea (made with filtered water): Antioxidant, Anti-cancer, normalizes blood pressure, promotes longevity, immunity booster.
~2 Cups Elderberries: Immune Booster, controls blood sugar levels, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and so much more.
~2.5 Tbs Astragalus Root(Tea Cut): Anti-aging, cancer fighting, Dna revitalizer, controls blood sugar levels.
~5 Slices Reishi Mushroom: Anti-cancer, promotes longevity, liver regeneration, immunity booster, and so much more.
~1 Tbs Shizandra Berry: Promotes longevity, liver cleansing, increases brain function, beautifies hair and skin, immunity booster, increases libido, combats insomnia, increases stamina, relieves stress and so much more.
~4 Inches of Peeled Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar levels, relieves indigestion, reduces menstrual pains, prevents cancer.
~3 Cinnamon Sticks: Anti-bacterial, prevents cancer, anti-oxidant, fights off viruses, relieves menstrual pains, controls blood sugar levels.
~4Tbs Raw Local Honey: Natural sweetener, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, cough suppressant, boosts memory, soothing.
~Prepare Chaga Tea(Decoction) This can be done night before even.
~Bring chaga tea to boil and add all ingredients except for honey to create a decoction.
~Let simmer until liquid is halved through evaporation
~Strain and allow to cool for 20 minutes
~Mix in honey. Pour into air tight jar. Store in fridge.
** This will keep in the fridge for 3-6 Months.
**After straining I like to use the mixture again to make a tea. It tastes great.