Elderberry Syrup

We love our Elderberry Syrup!

We love our Elderberry Syrup!

Did you miss me?! I’ve been a busy mommy since I last blogged. I’m continuing on my green journey, which has included giving birth naturally and giving up Diet Coke (to which I have been addicted for over 20 years). More on those 2 topics later!

Today, I want to share a natural remedy our little family has been using lately: Elderberry Syrup. Love me some Elderberry syrup! This little gem will give your immune system a kick in the rear to get it moving in high gear. It is also used to shorten the duration of a cold and give the flu the boot. And being in the midst of cold and flu season, isn’t that what we all want?

The elderberry is a berry that is harvested from the Elder tree, which can be found growing in moist areas. The berries are praised by the natural community for their medicinal properties. They are high in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene and vitamin C. Many folks use them to make an immune boosting syrup, Elderberry Syrup, and you can too!

What you’ll need:

photo (12)1/2 c  dried Elderberries (available at most health food stores or here)
3 c water
1/2 c raw honey
a couple of dashes of each: cinnamon, ginger & ground cloves (all optional)

What you’ll do:

In a medium pot, bring the elderberries, spices and water to a boil. Then reduce the heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain the mixture into a glass bowl. You’ll keep the strained juice and throw away the elderberries. Let the juice cool and then stir in the honey. Store the syrup in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last 2-3 months.

How to use the syrup:

As an immune boosting supplement: adults take 1 tablespoon daily and kiddos take 1 teaspoon daily. At the first sign of a cold or flu: take the normal dosage every 2-3 hours. We’ve been taking the syrup as a supplement for about a couple of weeks now. I gave it to Sleeping Beauty every 3 hours when green snot started seeping from her nose, and it nipped it in the bud.

I hope you enjoy your Elderberry Syrup journey!

And PS…you will not need a spoonful of sugar to take this medicine. It is really is yummy!

 

 

 

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