The more and more I study about herbs and natural remedies, the more and more I am amazed at all that God has provided for us. Not surprising news of course, since our blessings are always more than we can see, but it’s just such a different way of thinking in our modern society. So much of what he has given us responsibility over, we seem to have forgotten through the years. He has given us so many things that can help prevent and treat sickness as well as heal and restore our bodies. Case in point – elderberry syrup.
You can find it at any health food store, and many places carry it online. But did you know you can make your own? It’s so easy to do and very cost effective!
This recipe has been updated HERE, with a few more tips and tricks to make it taste great.
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries (or one cup fresh)
- 1 cup honey
- 2 cups water
- (mountain rose herbs also recommends grated ginger, a cinnamon stick, and a few cloves in their video all of which have warming properties that would be beneficial especially when you’re already sick!)
Take a 1/2 cup of dried elderberries,
place in a pan with the 2 cups of water, along with any other herbs and spices (I used a cinnamon stick this time) bring to a boil, and then let simmer (uncovered) for about 20 minutes.
Once reduced (about half – give or take. It doesn’t have to be exact science) pour through a mesh strainer
and then just use the back of a spoon to squeeze out any juice left in the berries.
Add in the one cup honey and stir until combined. (personally, next time I do this, I’ll wait for the liquid to cool down a bit before I add it in. Raw honey has so many great healing properties to it, I don’t want to damage it with the heat.)
Once thoroughly combined, just place into a storage jar and keep in the fridge!
It will last for a couple weeks in the fridge, so make only enough for those weeks as it can go bad. Cost wise, it’s hard to say, since I didn’t pay attention to how much the 1/2 cup cost me. But it couldn’t have been more than a buck or so. And the honey only cost me about $2.00 for one cup. So by my not so scientific calculations……it cost me about $4.00 for about 16 ounces. Much cheaper than the small $14.00 bottles at the store!
My husband and I have been taking a couple teaspoons a day, my toddler half that. From people I know that take it, some take up to a tablespoon at a time, so I don’t think it’s something you can overdue to much. Plus, the concentration will be a bit different with each batch due to simmer time, etc. Like I said, it’s not an exact science. If/when we become sick I’ll take the same dose every few hours to help deal with symptoms.
Benefits of Elderberry Syrup:
- Contains 3 different flavonoids. Flavonoids are effective against at least 8 different strains of the flu virus!
- Helps boost the immune system.
- It stops the production of hormone-like cytokines that cause inflammation.
- Studies have also shown that elderberry reduces excessive sinus mucus secretion, and some even suggest that elderberry can help lessen swelling of mucous membranes, improve sinus drainage, and decrease nasal congestion.
For some more info or to order your own, you can check out the info page at Mountain Rose Herbs.
This post is linked to :
Works for me Wednesday – cause making it at home works for me!!