Cold and Flu Fighter!? Yes, please! Immune Booster!? Gimme, gimme, gimme!
As we head into cold and flu season this syrup is fabulous to use preventatively everyday. Just a tiny bit each day for pennies a day, this is much more economical than purchasing elderberry syrup at well over $16 a bottle, heck, it’s cheaper than a co-pay at the Dr! As always I love that then you know what goes in to it! We’ve used it for years to preemptor reduce the duration of many a cold in our family! (Photo of Elderberries by Mommypotamus)
And these are all the ingredients you will need, most of them I suspect you have on hand!This is a great article on Elderberries, should you choose to read a bit more
“Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.“My husband, who grew up in New England laughs when I make this tonic, he says, “No wonder we were never sick growing up, my mom would make us pick all of the elderberries around us and would make elderberry jam that we would eat all winter long!” And I am sure there is something to it! And yes, starting about October, I make my family take a teaspoon of this each day.
Get your family started on this wonderful syrup, the elderberries are wonderful by themselves in a juice, though a bit bitter, the medicinal qualities of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and honey only add to the huge immune boosting benefits of this syrup! You won’t regret it!
Just take a look at these benefits!
- High Source of Antioxidants
- Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties
- Protects Heart Health
- Fights Diabetes
- Helps Defend Against Cognitive Decline & Protects Brain Function
- May Help Lower Cancer Risk
- Fights Infections & Viruses
- Protects Dental Health & Freshens Breath Naturally
- Temporarily treat a toothache
- Relieve upper respiratory infections
- Reduce inflammation
- Treat scrapes and bruises
- Improve digestion
- Enhance sexual health (hmmm?!!)
- Powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
- Treats many forms of nausea
- Reduces muscle pain and soreness
- May drastically lower blood sugars and improve heart health
- Helps chronic indigestion
- May significantly reduce menstrual pain
- May lower cholesterol
- Helps prevent cancer
- May improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease
- Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections.
- In fact, ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria
- A Good Source of Antioxidants
- Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
- Filled with Phytonutrients
- Help for Digestive Issues
- Soothe a Sore Throat
- May have benefits with seasonal local allergies
Start by ordering your elderberries, unless you happen to live in a place where they grow! I just order mine from Amazon, they are reasonable and you can get a pound for under $20.00, that’s a lot of elderberry syrup you can make!Use local raw and unfiltered honey, local gives you more benefits especially with allergies!
Begin with a medium saucepan, add your water and elderberries.Add your cinnamon and optional cinnamon sticks…I apologize for my wrinkly old fingers, maybe elderberry syrup will help that?!
Cloves (powdered or whole)…
Your freshly grated ginger (I keep a ginger root in the freezer, you can grate it frozen, in fact it’s easier in some ways!)
Don’t add the honey yet!!
Stir and bring to boil.
Once boiling, stir again, reduce heat to simmer for about 30-45 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour through fine mesh strainer (into a heat proof container) and using the back of a wooden spoon press down on berries in the sieve, squeezing out the excess juice.Discard used elderberries (or if you are a composter, compost them!) and allow the liquid to cool to lukewarm, about 15 minutes.
NOW you can add the honey.Beautiful, golden, medicinal honey!
Stir until completely incorporated.
Once mixed in well, pour the syrup into a jar, I like to use a pourable jar, to make it easier for daily dispensing.
It should make about 16 oz, give or take an ounce.
Store in the fridge and take daily! Standard dosing is ½ – 1 teaspoon for kids and ½ – 1 TBL for adults. If the flu or a cold does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms disappear.
You can also use as you would use any syrup; on top of pancakes, stir into yogurt, you don’t have to take it straight.
To good health and a healthy winter!
Like this recipe, try these other Immune Fighting and Boosting recipes.
Homemade Vegetable Broth
Beef Bone Broth
- 1 cup dried black elderberries (I used organic)
- 4 cups filtered water
- 2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
- 2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
- ½ teaspoon cloves (powdered or whole)
- ½ - 1* cup raw & unfiltered honey (local preferably)
- *1 cup will be really honey-is and sweet, my boys think too sweet, so feel free to reduce!
- Pour the water into a medium saucepan, add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks (optional) and cloves.
- DO NOT ADD HONEY yet!
- Bring to boil, stir and reduce to simmer.
- Simmer with lid on for 30-45 minutes, until liquid is reduced by about half.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
- Strain elderberry juice through fine mesh strainer over a class container.
- Using the back of a wooden spoon press berries, squeezing out as much of the juice as possible.
- Discard spent elderberries (or compost them if you do that!) and allow the liquid to cool to warm.
- When it is no longer hot, stir in the honey until completely incorporated.
- Pour syrup into a quart sized jar or preferably a 16 oz pourable, sealing jar.
- Store in refrigerator and take daily for best immune boosting results.
- Standard does is ½ - 1 teaspoon for kids and ½ - 1 TBL for adults daily.
- If the flu or a cold does strike, take the normal does, but every 2-3 hours until you start feeling better.