Do you roam the aisles of your favorite health food store, dreaming of the day when you will build your own in-house/all-natural apothecary!?
Elderberries will be a staple (a ground pillar even!), in your arsenal to help yourself and your loved ones.
The medicinal use of Elderberries date back to ancient Egyptians, as well as the ancient Greeks. Hippocrates “the father of medicine,” called the berries his “medicine chest” because of all the health issues the plant can help with.
Elderberries have been shown to help boost the immune system, ease flu and cold symptoms, help with sinus infections, lower blood sugar, help with bladder and bowel functions, and relieve allergies.
Now, I am not a doctor and I encourage you to do your own research before deciding if you wanna proceed with my recipe below.
Elderberry syrup in the store is expensive, not that it is not worth it, but taking time to make your own will save you some serious cash down the road.
Ella, our daughter, LOVES this syrup and you can easily find ways to have your child enjoy this delicious IMMUNE BOOSTER. We use it to make gummi bears, we put it in her oatmeal and chia pudding, or even dilute it in her “spicy vand” (sparkling water) as a little soda.
Before we start, rest assured, this is doable. It’s even easy. And you will end up with a supply which will last you for a while. Soon you will be whipping up this recipe while writing emails, doing business calls, and making your child’s lunch all at the same time.
YOU WILL NEED:
1 cup of organic dried elderberries
5 cups of filtered water
1/2 cup of fresh organic ginger (You can adjust depending on how much spice you and your family like.) Ginger has many health benefits; it eases inflammation and can block bacterial infections. Ginger is also well-known for relieving nausea.
1 tsp of organic cloves (As with the ginger, adjust depending on your taste.) Cloves have anti-inflammatory benefits and are also considered an immune booster.
1 cup of raw honey (Raw honey is magic, but do not feed honey to children less than 1 year old!)
Put all ingredients, MINUS the honey, in a big saucepan.
Stir it gently.
Bring to a boil.
Once it’s boiling, lower to a SIMMER, cover, and set your timer for 45 minutes. Occasionally stir and check that the liquid is not boiling.
After the 45 minutes, gently squish the berries in the pan with a spoon.
Turn off heat.
Pour the liquid through a strainer, into a bowl. (You are left with approximately 4 cups of liquid, so plan accordingly).
Now wait for the liquid to cool. Once the liquid has reached room temperature, pour and stir the honey into the liquid.
Store in the refrigerator and consume within one month.
Congratulations, you have just made your first batch of ELDERBERRY SYRUP! Enjoy!
Peace and Love,