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Winter time is the worst time for all of the nasty colds and flus that travel around. It seems like everyone we know is going through some kind of nasty bug right now. Try our homemade elderberry syrup recipe to help fight your colds and boost your immunity! It helped us through the worst of it when our family caught it.
This elderberry syrup recipe is a very basic recipe but does the job and is a loved “treat” in our house during the cold and flu season. Elderberry syrup has been used for hundreds of years but Native Americans and European herbalists. I always love a great natural remedy.
As a teacher or homeschool mom, you have a lot of responsibilities. Having some healthy tricks up your sleeve for those days you are not feeling your best are really important. If you can limit the amount of sick days you have, that is ideal, right?!
Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe
- 1 Cup of Dried Elderberries
- 4 Cups of water
- 1 cup of honey
To make the elderberry syrup, place 1 cup of dried elderberries into a saucepan with 4 cups of water.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for 30-45 minutes. It get’s stinky when cooking, but I promise it tastes way better than it smells! My kids hate the smell of it cooking, but truly love eating it. 🙂
You want to reduce the cooked elderberry “juice” to only 1-2 cups of liquid.
Once it has cooled slightly drain the warm juice from cooked elderberries into a separate container.
Pour your cup of honey into a large glass jar or bowl.
Now pour your warm, but not hot elderberry liquid over your honey and mix well.
You can place your elderberry syrup into a sealable container and refrigerate. It should keep well for a couple months. Once we are through our bug, I usually freeze what I have left until we need it again. I also keep my berries in the freezer to keep them fresh longer.
Tips For Making It
For an herbal syrup, typically you want a 2:1 or 1:1 Herb to honey ratio. The more honey you have, the longer the syrup will be preserved. Some think the 1:1 ratio is too sweet. You can play with different ratios based on your personal preference.
You want to use warm, but not hot liquid when mixing your honey and elderberry juice. This helps preserve the good qualities of the honey.
Recommendations for Using Elderberry Syrup
I give my kids 1 teaspoon per day during cold or flu season. If one of them is looking a bit run down or sick, I give them a teaspoon every hour for a day or two.
Adults in the house take 1 tablespoon per day. Also increasing to one every hour if feeling under the weather.
Benefits of Elderberry Syrup
- It boosts Immunity by fighting the flu & reducing cold duration
- Great for your skin~ it’s high in vitamin A which can reduce age spots & lessen wrinkles! Some studies have even shown it to be good for acne.
- Helps with digestion and is often taken for constipation
- It is high in nutrients and antioxidants making it beneficial for your health in many ways.
**Caution: NEVER eat the leaves, stem or raw fruit. It contains a toxic substance that can make you pretty sick!