Use this echinacea and thyme syrup regularly to help your body to develop a natural resistance against viruses and other pathogens. Consume it also when you feel you have caught a cold, because it will keep your body warm and protected. Make the syrup in late spring, when thyme and ribwort are growing vigorously, and when fresh echinacea and elecampane can also be gathered.
- 3⁄4oz (20g) fresh thyme,
- 3⁄4oz (20g) fresh ribwort plantain leaves,
- 3⁄4oz (20g) fresh echinacea root, stem, and young green leaves,
- 1⁄4oz (10g) fresh ginger, grated,
- 1⁄4oz (10g) fresh garlic, peeled and crushed,
- 1⁄4oz (10g) fresh elecampane root,
- 1 whole fresh red chile, finely chopped,
- 14fl oz (400ml) good-quality vodka,
- 31⁄2oz (100g) manuka honey.
- Rinse all the herb ingredients and leave to dry. Then chop them finely.
- Put all the ingredients except the honey and vodka in a large glass jar with a lid. Pour over the vodka, close the lid tightly, and shake several times.
- Label the jar with the ingredients and the date. Put the jar in a dark cupboard and shake it at least once a day for the next three weeks.
- Strain the contents of the jar through a piece of cheesecloth into a measuring jug. Transfer the manuka honey into a bowl and slowly pour in the tincture, stirring constantly with a whisk until the honey and tincture are well blended.
- Pour the syrup into a 16fl oz (500ml) amber glass bottle with a lid, and label with the ingredients and the original starting date.
- Take one teaspoon 2–3 times daily, or up to six teaspoons daily at the onset of a cold.
NOTE: Don’t use this syrup if pregnant.