You can build immunity with DIY elderberry syrup this cold and flu season!
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Why Should We Take Elderberry Syrup?
Whether or not you have children, I think we can all agree building our immunity in the fall and winter is a good idea. We have kids who are constantly being exposed to germs, snot, sneezes, and the like. But even in office environments or at grocery stores, germs spread on door knobs, faucets, papers, food boxes, and so many other things.
Elderberry not only builds immunity, but also helps:
- reduce cold and flu symptoms if you get sick.
- with congestion.
- lower blood sugar.
- ease allergies.
Elderberry syrup is a great way to get an immunity boost during the cold and flu season, and it tastes great! Kids love it because of it’s sweet flavor (mine like it on pancakes), and parents love it because it helps keep the family from catching colds. There are several brands you can buy at health food stores, but they are pricey. You can make this one yourself for a fraction of the cost.
Here’s a Video Showing How to Make Elderberry Syrup
Ingredients for Elderberry Syrup
- 3 1/2 cups of water
- 2/3 cup dried elderberry
- 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root OR 3 drops of ginger essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves, clove powder, OR 4 drops of doTerra On Guard essential oil (which has clove as a main ingredient)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 cup raw, unfiltered honey
Instructions to Make the Syrup
- Add all ingredients (EXCEPT honey and On Guard if using) to a saucepan and bring to a boil. If using clove or clove powder, add it now. I just wait to add On Guard until it’s cooled down a little bit because the essential oil will not be quite as effective if boiled.
- Cover and lower heat until it’s at a simmer. After about 45 minutes or an hour, uncover and see if the liquid is about half gone. When this occurs, remove from heat and let cool about 20 minutes.
- Pour through a strainer into a mason jar. You can press the elderberries with the back of a spoon to release juice if you wish.
- Discard the elderberries and let the syrup cool until it’s just a little warm.
- Add honey and stir or shake until it’s melted in well.
- Keep refrigerated for up to 3 months.
**Dosage during cold and flu season: For kids, take ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon. For adults, take ½ tablespoon to 1 tablespoon. If you do get sick, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours until you’re feeling better.**
Wasn’t that easy, inexpensive, and yummy? I hope this helps you stay well this season. I got the base for this recipe here, but just made small adjustments which are listed above.
Check out my post on how you can prevent a cold naturally here.
Please post your comments below, and let me know if it’s helpful!