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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

It seems that each year, the flu virus strengthens and becomes more difficult to treat with vaccines and over-the-counter medications. Every parent’s nightmare is when their child can’t seem to fight an illness. Not to be alarmist, but the deaths of children [1] from the flu have risen exponentially and it makes it all more important to have a flu-fighting arsenal at your disposal when you need it the most.

I’m trying to find ways to treat ailments naturally and without the use of vaccines. Rather than waiting to medicate until the flu virus has overrun my body, I am treating the virus naturally when the symptoms first begin. I am a believer in natural medicine [2] and the use of essential oils [3] in medicine. I have found that elderberry syrup is a must-have for boosting my immune system and fighting off the flu.

Elderberry Benefits

I found this recipe [4] for elderberry syrup using basic ingredients that I had in my pantry and changed it up a bit to give it an immune-fighting boost. My family takes 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1-2 tablespoons for adults each day during the flu season. It’s also a lovely accompaniment to our immune-boosting wellness tea [5].

Elderberry Syrup

  • 2/3 cup black elderberries
  • 3- 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves or clove powder
  • 2 lemon or orange slices
  • 1 cup raw honey
  1. Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and citrus slices and bring to a boil. Then, cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  2. Remove from heat and let mixture cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  3. Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
  4. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
  5. Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.

Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 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.

Recipe Source [4]

Stay healthy, everyone!

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Additional Links on Elderberry:

Keep Germs At Bay With Immune-Boosting Jam [7]

How to Make Elderberry Syrups and Jellies [8]