I have made her spend the day napping on the sofa while I occasionally approach her with food, water and more tea. She's making good progress through the day, if only I could get her to stop throwing the blanket off when her body kicks into bug-fighting mode and her internal temperature goes up. I'm not frustrated with her, though, it's not her fault if she's not awake when she kicks the blanket off ... but fever serves a useful purpose in helping make the body an inhospitable place for a foreign invader (microbe).
To help bolster the fact that, at best, I'm going to get her to take 3 mugs of herbal tea (and I know she's only doing that to humour me) ... I decided to use the small stock of elderberries I had on hand and make up some Elderberry Syrup.
The ingredients are easy:
- 1/2 cup of dried Sambucus nigra (Black Elder) berries -- they are the only variant of the Elder which has the scientifically proven flu fighting effect. The other variants make a tasty wine, syrup, or jam with lots of beneficial nutrition to them but not the medicinal effect that we're looking for here.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
- 5 whole cloves
You also need a non-aluminum pot to cook with, a wooden or bamboo spoon, a jelly straining bag (or cheesecloth) and clean jars to bottle the end result.