Father Sun, although well and truly roused and ready for the day, will fail to develop his Summer potency. The light is diluted, like tea with a dash too much milk. Our bodies are a little weary from days of long light and many beach adventures and are teetering on the edge of something unpleasant. Eyes are scratchy and noses weep constantly. But high up on the elder tree little orbs of medicine are forming. Jet beads that while unsafe to consume raw, when married with heat and spice and honey, will provide a powerful immune booster and healing support for those already deep in malaise.
I cup of fresh elderberries (or 1/2 a cup of dried)
1 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon of cloves
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger (or 1 teaspoon of dried)
Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to the boil.
Simmer gently for 20 minutes or til the liquid has reduced by half.
Pour through a muslin lined sieve (or just a sieve for that matter).
Allow to cool to room temperature then stir in 1/2 cup of raw honey.
Take a tablespoon each day in the lead up to Winter, and a teaspoon many times throughout the day if you’ve succumbed to a dreaded lurgy.
Store in the cupboard indefinitely.