I’ve been making what we call “Drops” for at least six years. My base recipe has changed little over the years except that for about the last four years rather than making an herbal tincture, about once a week I make an herbal syrup since it’s more economical than tinctures, and that’s about how fast we go through them giving them to four kids every day.
So, here’s what’s simmering on my stove right now. You can visit The Herb Shed for more herb recipes and ideas.
This is my base recipe.
6 cups of water in a sauce pan
1/2 cup nettle
1/4 cup dried elderberries
2 cinnamon sticks
1 head of garlic, chopped with peelings left on
2 tbls chopped ginger
Simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Cool, strain, rinse the pan. Return to the pan. Bring back to a simmer and add 1-2 cup of honey. Stir and simmer for about 15 more minutes. Cool again. Pour into a clean jar and store in the fridge. Use within a week. Makes about 32 ounces.
These are easily customizable. For example, my kids all have coughs and colds right now so today I threw in two handfuls of mullein to the mix as well to help with the coughs and congestion. Another one I toss in occasionally is milk thistle for liver support.
Drink up everyone and stay well.