Elderberry Elixir, Wild & Weedy style

These are the herbs, roots, fruits and spices we’ve put together for our own version of the ubiquitous Elderberry Elixir.

Together, they equal a soothing yet potent restorative to use during a bout of colds or flu and for relieving non-serious respiratory ailments. Specially blended for their warming and expectorant properties, this combination can relieve inflammation and respiratory congestion, mucous-y coughs, and general run-down blah. I like to tell people that this elixir lasts about 6 months from time of bottling.

Local elderberries (lighter) and European elderberries (darker)

ElderberriesSambucus nigra, S. cerula – These tiny dried black and blue berries make a useful treatment for colds and flu, fever and respiratory congestion. Contain flavonoids that enhance immune function. Flavorful.

Rose Hips, the fruit of the rose

Rose hipsRosa spp. – are the fruit of the rose. They are a flavorful astringent and contain a variety of antioxidants as well as vitamin A to boost the immune system.

Dried Osha Root, close-up

Osha rootLigusticum porteri – also known as Bear Root, this native American medicine is warming, drying, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. Useful for relieving body aches, it is a good expectorant for lung congestion. Supports the immune and respiratory system.

Dried Yerba Santa leaf

Yerba Santa leafEriodictyon californicum – sometimes called “holy weed”, this herb is a warming bronchodilator, and useful for influenza and upper respiratory conditions. Yerba Santa is an anti-bacterial, stimulating expectorant that thins mucous.

Fresh Burdock Root

Burdock rootArctium lappa – This fragrant earthy root encourages sweating and stimulates lymph flow, promoting the elimination of metabolic waste. Anti-inflammatory activity as well.

Echinacea rootEchinacea purpurea – is anti-viral and immune supporting, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. This herb is at its best in short-term remedies such as this.

Marshmallow rootAlthaea officinalis – This root is sweet and moistening, demulcent, expectorant, and soothing to mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Cinnamon – a familiar, warming, flavorsome ingredient is also a tonic and useful for nausea.

Cloves – are also flavorful and warming and helpful for nausea, as well as anesthetic and antiseptic.

Licorice rootGlycyrrhiza glabra – true licorice root lends flavor to the elixir, is soothing to inflamed mucous membranes of the throat and lungs, is expectorant, helpful for bronchitis and hoarseness, and helps remedy adrenal stress.

Other ingredients include pure well water, honey, and 20% organic cane alcohol.

The Simmering Brew

You can find Elderberry Elixir on our business website, www.wildnweedy.com.