Before the sun came up this morning, a knock sounded on our door. There he was, our woodsman neighbor, Izzy Wright! It’s been a while sinch he’s been by.

Izzy is one of those who still lives much off the land and stays away from town folk and their ‘silliness’ as much as possible.

In a rare trip to town, he had heard I had the flu, and in an inside pocket of his tattered coat had brought me a bottle of his “guaranteed” medicine.

And so, from the old home remedies we have
Elderberry Elixir
Yes, it’s a thing, and good for colds and flu.
1 C fresh or 1/2 C dried elderberry
3 C water
1 C raw honey, (local is best if you can)
1 – 2 tsp turmeric
1 cinnamon stick*
1 Tbs powdered ginger*
2-3 whole cloves*
*Spices optional, but recommended
In a saucepan, combine elderberry, water and spices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Once liquid has reduced, mash the berries to release their remaining juices. Allow the mixture to cool and then strain. Squeeze or press out the mash to get the last remaining bits of goodness. Combine with raw honey and bottle. (Do not combine with honey when mixture is hot. You will lose the benefits of the raw honey). This elixir will keep about a month in the fridge.
Dosing? We try to do it with 1 or 2 Tbsp. every 4 hours if you are ill or 2 Tbsp once a day for prevention.
Often mix the dose in some green tea or warm lemonade.

Izzy also says that a little ‘strong drink’ (I suspect moonshine from his hidden still) makes this emven more effective, “cause it’ll let you rest.”