My family stays relatively healthy. Much of that has to do with our diet and lifestyle choices, but I contribute much of it to working hard building up our immune systems. Elderberry syrup is full of immune system boosting properties and is quick and easy to make.
Elderberries are a little wonder fruit. They are most widely used to fight cold and flu symptoms; however, these berries can do so much more. They are packed with immune system fighting vitamins and antioxidants. They also help fight inflammation, reduce stress and can support your heart health.
Raw honey contains antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. When making your syrup you will want to make sure it completely cools to room temperature before adding your honey. Adding it while your syrup is hot will essentially process out all the fantastic immune system boosting properties within the honey. It’s very important to use raw unstrained honey. Many of the cheaper versions of honey you can find at the grocery store are very processed and contain high fructose corn syrup.
Your syrup may be watery at first – it will thicken as it cools. For daily maintenance you can take one tablespoon per day. At the first sign of illness you can take one tablespoon every four hours until symptoms subside.
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup dried elderberries
- 2 Ceylon cinnamon sticks
- 3-5 cloves
- 3 big slices of ginger root
- 1/2 cup honey
- In a heavy bottomed pot add water, elderberries, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to completely cool.
- Strain through a cheese cloth and gently squeeze. Discard solids.
- Stir in honey.
- Store in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
I do not claim to be a medical professional or give out medical advice. Please consult your primary care provider before using home remedies.
This is not recommended for use in infants under the age of one year old.