Elderberries are one of the most popular folk remedies that families turn to for natural immune boosting support. The dried berries are readily accessible, rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and are known to specifically help people recover from the cold and flu more quickly.
When taken before infection, Elderberry can help prevent sickness. Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. Thus, it can be highly effective to take through out the fall and winter or even after symptoms begin to appear.
While you can certainly purchase pre made Elderberry syrup or Elderberry gummies, we prefer to make the recipe at home to both save money and have a little fun customizing it to our liking. Since the recipe is quite forgiving, you can add more or less honey* to taste. Some other synergistic ingredients you may enjoy that would work well with this recipe include orange zest, lemon zest, sage leaf or rosemary.
We're sharing with you one easy way to make this effective Elderberry syrup to help you and your family stay healthy to get through these cooler months ahead, stress free. The medicinal ingredients can be easily found in your local grocery store, or ordered online in pre-measured packs.
Dosage: It's recommended to take ½ - 1 teaspoon for kids and ½ - 1 tablespoon for adults. If symptoms of the flu or cold appear, take this normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms subside.
*Do not give honey to children under two years old.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
¾ cup dried elderberries or 2 cups fresh elderberries
¼ cup fresh ginger root (or more if for grownups)
1 Vanilla pod (optional)
3 - 5 sticks of Cinnamon
2 cups raw honey
6 cups water
1. Add all dry herbs to a boil bag (optional) for easy straining and place into the pot of water.
2. Bring to a boil and let simmer with the lid on for an hour or until the water has reduced by about half.
3. Remove from heat and let cool.
4. Strain the herbs or simply remove the boil bag after wringing out all of the liquid.
5. Once the syrup is just slightly warm, add in the raw honey and stir. Adding this ingredient last will allow the honey to maintain its beneficial properties.
6. Bottle the syrup into jars and store in the refrigerator for up to three months or gift a jar to a friend.
However you choose to make Elderberry Syrup this year, we hope you include the whole family in the process and have fun! Feel free to tag us @ashleyrose on Instagram or @ashleyroseclothing on Facebook to share your syrup making process!
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