Both elderberries and echinacea are powerful immune system boosters and have been used to prevent and treat colds and flus for many years, according to chef, forager and food writer Rachel de Thample.
“Ginger is also added for its antimicrobial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix all of these immune powerhouses together to give your nasty cold or flu a good beating!” she says.
- Elderberries 50g dried or 100g fresh
- Filtered or mineral water 500ml
- Echinacea 1/4 cup dried echinacea root or 1 tsp echinacea tincture
- fresh ginger 3cm, peeled and thinly sliced
- Cinnamon stick 1
- Cloves 6
- Orange 1, zest and juice
- Raw honey 125g
Tonics & Teas by Rachel de Thample is published by Kyle Books, priced £9.99. Photography by Ali Allen.