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A natural way to fight off illness

As the seasons change the leaves will turn from green to yellow, orange and red. The weather cools further and those leaves then fall from their branches to become rich, dark mulch.

Temperatures drop, the winds increase and as the rain, sleet and snow passes through your town, it often leaves behind sore throats and sniffling noses.

Instead of running to the drug store to find synthetic remedies in hopes of warding off your ailments, why not choose a more natural route?

Black elderberries have been shown to prevent the flu and to speed recovery of those who already have the flu.

Elderberry Syrup is a natural alternative to other flu and cold medications. It is inexpensive, effective and it can easily be made at home.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Ingredients:

2/3 cup black elderberries

3.5 cups of water

2 tbsp fresh or dried ginger root

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp cloves or clove powder

1-cup raw honey

How to Make Elderberry Syrup:

1. Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves
(do not add honey!)

2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

3.Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1-cup of honey and stir well.

4.When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized Mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind. Store in refrigerator.

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The spring edition of Auburn Magazine will be arriving in your mailboxes the week of Feb. 20. In this issue you will find a feature on author, designer and Southern Living editor-at-large James Farmer.

The alumnus has made a name for himself highlighting the southern way of life. He offers distinct twists on traditional Southern dishes and floral arrangements.

Farmer ’04 finds ways for you to seamlessly weave the garden into your everyday life. He embraces the beauty and tradition so unique to this historic region.

Do you have a garden? Have you ever used elderberry syrup? What home remedies do you use to fight off the common cold? The flu? Let us know in the comments below!