A couple of years ago, I came across an article about a powerful natural elixir that not only helped boost your immune system but just might wipe out influenza! Sounded a little cray cray if you would have asked me… But, with the seasons changing and cooler weather ahead, I decided to order the ingredients and make my very own Elderberry Syrup.
One thing Andy and I have learned is to get ahead of our health and not wear ourselves out trying to catch up, fight and treat once our immune system is under attack. This isn’t always possible as things just happen sometime no matter how well you take care of yourself. But, overall, our families wellness has drastically improved by taking this different approach and changing how we have viewed our health, our whole life.
So, during the cooler seasons, this is great to keep in your refriegerator. I like to always have a bottle of homemade Elderberry Syrup. Sure, you can purchase the syrup, but it can be costly. It is more cost effective to make your very own. I have found that store bought syrup includes cane sugar and by making your own, you are able to use local raw honey which is more beneficial to your health. Elderberries are a dark-purplish berry that grow on the elderberry bush or the elder tree. Elderberries are very high in antioxidants, including Anthocyanins, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man. Elderberry is also a good source of Vitamins A, B and C as well as Potasium and other needed nurtients. The medicinal use of elderberry is nothing new and can be dated back to ancient history.
So, how do you make this stuff? Here you go…
Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup
4 cups filtered water
2 tbsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup raw honey, we use local!
1-qt. mason jar with lid or glass container
Pour filtered water into a pot. Add elderberries, ground ginger and cloves. do not add honey at this time. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and let steep for 15 minutes in the pot. Once cool, pour through a strainer into a glass jar. Add one cup of honey and stir well. Once honey and elderberry syrup are well mixed, then pour into your Mason jar or glass container. Store in refrigerator and take daily for immune boosting properties!
Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kiddos and ½ Tbsp - 1 Tbsp for adults. When faced with the flu, we will take the normal dose every 4 hours until symptoms no longer exist.
I was able to find the ingredients at a local health store, but you can also find elderberries here, whole cloves here, ground ginger here, and cinnamon sticks here. When it comes to the raw honey… I recommend you finding some honey from your local beekeepers. Andy and I have two hives of our own that we pull honey from during the early Summer and Fall season. Bees are a ton of fun and such an adventure… but that’s another story for another time…
Go grab your ingredients and make a batch of your very own Elderberry Syrup just in time for the Winter months. Enjoy and be well! Remember… A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. Proverbs 14:30
photo by the beautiful Alexandra E.