Natural Flu Prevention: Elderberry Syrup Recipe
I don’t watch the news, but I’ve been made aware that the flu is really hitting the US in a bad way right now. It’s been years since any of my family has had the flu, I’m so grateful, but I can remember the miserable feeling that comes with it. You can’t get out of bed, your entire body aches, you feel feverish. Overall it sucks! My family is big on Homeopathy and natural medicines. Throughout the year we consume a variety of different remedies and supplements that work to keep us healthy. One of these remedies that I love, especially during the cold and flu season is Elderberry syrup!
Elderberries come from the Sambucus plant. You can find them in health food stores or online already dried and ready to create syrup with. Some people use Elderberries in pastry, or even drink Elderberry tea. I actually grew up drinking Elderberry tea when I wasn’t feeling well. My aunt kept some on deck.
The syrup is sold online and in stores, but it’s typically more expensive than what it would cost to make your own. During the cold and flu season you should take 1 tablespoon a day. It’s safe for children, and my kids really enjoy the flavor.
Health Benefits of Elderberry Syrup:
* Boosts the immune system
* Protects against bacteria and infection
* Helps to fight off illness and disease
* Rich in vitamins A & C
* Can help to alleviate allergies
* Aids in digestion
* Improve respiratory health
* Can lower blood sugar
* Improves heart health
When I make my Elderberry Syrup I like to add a few extras to make it even more beneficial. These items aren’t necessary, but it makes your syrup even more potent in fighting against illness. Ginger has been proven to soothe sore throat, reduce cough and expel mucus. Cinnamon aids in fighting infections and is high in antioxidants. Cloves help to boost the immune system and have anti-microbial properties. The benefits of raw local honey are inumerable! It’s great for cough and sore throat. It has antibacterial properites. It’s a great source of antioxidants. It helps to fight against inflammation and it’s great for digestion. (If you have a baby under one year old, please don’t give them honey!) All of these ingredients together make an amazing Elderberry syrup!
- 1 cup of dried elderberries
- Two cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger root grated or sliced
- 5 whole cloves or 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1 cup of raw local honey
- 4 1/2 cups of water
- In a large pot add elderberries, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and water
- Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer
- Cook for 45 mins to an hour
- Strain all ingredients into a glass jar
- Once cool add raw honey and mix well
- Consume daily!
Adults can take Elderberry syrup for prevention twice daily and children can take it once a day. If you do happen to get sick, you can take it three times a day as well as drink Elderberry tea. It’s perfect to keep in your home this time of year for illness prevention. I do store my sryrup in a jar inside the fridge. With a family of five it doesn’t last long, and I’m soon making another batch.
Wishing everyone an illness free cold & flu season!