Of all the natural immune boosting remedies you could make at home, elderberry syrup has the best scientific support backing its use to combat and prevent the flu.
Until now, I’ve been purchasing my elderberry syrup from Honey Gardens Apitherapy, online. It’s wonderful tasting and effective, but it’s also really, really expensive. Prohibitively expensive for a family of five to take every day!
I recently started making my own elderberry syrup and I’m never going back. Making elderberry syrup is so easy and cost effective! It takes less than an hour, and the ingredients are easy to source either online or in your pantry. There are plenty of recipes online; here’s the HeyLauraWhat way. :)
2 cups dried elderberries (I buy them on Amazon)
8 cups water
2-4 knobs of ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cups raw honey (Tropical Traditions sells exceptional honey at a very good price - we are already on our second 15lb pail, this winter!)
2-4 oz apple cider vinegar (to taste)
Optional: My favorite brands of elderberry syrup include bee propolis. I actually have a big block of propolis from my cousin (they are a family of beekeepers), so I soaked a chunk of bee propolis in my ACV before I added it to the latest batch. You could try adding this propolis extract for a similar effect.
Bring to a boil all the ingredients EXCEPT for the honey and ACV. Then simmer for 45 minutes. Strain into a big mason jar and let it cool. When it’s tepid, add the honey and stir to dissolve.
We take a tablespoon of homemade elderberry syrup every day, as a preventative measure. If we’re feeling like we’re coming down with something, we’ll increase our dosage to a TB three times daily. This recipe makes about 7 cups of syrup. I store it in my fridge in swing top bottles like this. It should last for several weeks; if you want to make sure it stays fresh, you can always freeze it.
My kids love their elderberry syrup mixed with seltzer water from our soda syphon!
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