How I make homemade Elderberry Syrup for flu prevention
Elderberry syrup is our go to when it comes to cold & flu season. The dried berries of the Sambucis Nigra plant are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically shown to help beat the cold and flu more quickly. They can be used to make a variety of remedies, my personal favorite is the Elderberry syrup (my kids LOVE the dummies, but we will get to that later!) Black elderberries (sambucus nigra) have been shown to prevent flu and speed recovery in those who have the flu. Elderberries contain high levels of vitamin A,B and C and stimulate the immune system.
2/3 cup black elderberries (<<link to purchase dried elderberries)
3 1/2 cups filtered water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons Fresh ground ginger (or ground ginger root)
1/2 teaspoon cloves or clove powder (I have made this both ways and they both seem to work the same!)
1 cup raw honey (we got ours from our local farmer’s market)
Pour water into medium saucepan, add elderberries, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Bring water to a boil, cover then let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour (you want the liquid to be at half of what it originally was)
Drain- Drain the liquid from the elderberries (I mash mine a little to make sure I squeeze all the good stuff out) Throw away elderberries and leave liquid to cool to luke warm.
Once liquid has cooled to a luke warm, add your 1 cup of honey and mix well. Once mixed pour mixture into a glass jar and pop in the fridge!!
*** TA-DA you made your own elderberry syrup! Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
How is this more cost effective you ask? Well elderberry syrup from our local nutrition store is roughly $20. For a 1 lb. bag of organic dried elderberries its $22.70, Honey is $11.99, and the spices you probably already have…now the initial cost is more than 1 jar of elderberry syrup which doesn’t last longer than a month (for a family of 4). But my 1lb. bag of Elderberries will last us for well over a year, so i should only need to buy honey every now and then when we run out (we use honey A LOT!). So for us it was worth it PLUS no high fructose corn syrup or added preservatives, and using local honey has TONS of great benefits!