Natural Remedies for Winter Ills

Ade had planned to write this week’s post, and was looking forward to sharing his top gardening tips for February with you… until he came down with the flu. Continue reading “Natural Remedies for Winter Ills”

Blackberry Syrup: A Natural Cold Remedy

I wanted to do something different with the blackberries I’d picked from the hedgerows this year and was rather intrigued when I came across a recipe for Blackberry Syrup, an old-fashioned remedy for coughs and colds.


I altered the recipe slightly before whipping up a bottle of the stuff.  I’m now setting myself the challenge of getting through the winter season without reaching for my usual aspirin-laden cold relief!

Blackberry Syrup 1

The syrup combines blackberries, which are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, with white wine vinegar and honey, both known for their antibacterial and antiviral properties. I’m a big believer in feeding yourself healthy, of eating the right things to counter any ailment or imbalance, so I’ll be interested to see if this curious concoction with all its health-boosting ingredients, manages to banish the inevitable sniffles this winter.

I’ll keep you posted!


Making Blackberry Syrup


450 g blackberries
280 ml white wine vinegar
225 g sugar
115 g honey

Place the blackberries in a bowl (glass or china preferably, to avoid staining) and pour the vinegar over. Leave to stand for at least 24 hours, stirring and pressing the berries regularly.

Strain the mixture through muslin, squeezing out as much juice as you can, into a saucepan.

Bring to the boil.

Add the sugar, stirring constantly to ensure it all dissolves, and then add the honey, continuing to stir well.

Bring to a hard boil for 5 minutes before leaving to cool.

Store in a bottle or in ice-cube trays in the freezer.

Add 1-2 tablespoons to a glass of hot water before bed.

(Click here for a print-friendly version. Adapted from the Blackberry Syrup recipe included in this collection.)