Since little A was born, I feel that my immune system has been lower than it normally is. I find myself feeling like I'm 'coming down with something' at least every month or two, and a couple of times have been pretty sick. I attribute this to a combo between not eating right (definitely working on that), and sleep deprivation (trying to work on that!).
In any case, I'm always on the lookout for natural ways to boost my immune system. Unlike with my homemade cough syrup, this elderberry syrup is intended for every day use! It does contain honey, so isn't recommended for infants under a year old.
We ordered our organic elderberries through Frontier Co-Op, and they were less than $20 for a pound! I would say you'll easily get 5-6 mason jars full of this delicious elderberry syrup with every bag.
1 cup dried elderberries
4 cups water
2 tbs fresh ginger
1 tsp cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup local raw honey
So, this recipe requires very little interaction, and is super duper easy!
First, add your elderberries, water, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon to a pot. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and allow to simmer for 60-90 minutes. You want to boil out about half the liquid in the pot, which took a little over an hour for me.
Let everything cool for a few minutes, and then strain out the elderberries and cinnamon. The elderberries still hold A LOT of liquid, so I took the backside of a spoon and pressed them until nothing else came out.
Allow the liquid to cool for about 15 minutes, then add the honey. Keep mixing until your liquid thickens into a syrup. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.
Refrigerated, this syrup should last about 3-4 months. We take 1 tablespoon daily during cold and flu season (Oct-Mar). If you feel like you're battling something, take 1 tablespoon every 4 hours or so. Once little A is over a year old, we will be giving him 1/2 teaspoon daily, and 1/2 teaspoon every 4 hours when sick. For toddlers and small children, they can have 1-2 teaspoon daily, and 1-2 teaspoon every 4 hours when sick. This isn't your typical medicine-it is delicious! Enjoy and be well.
Until next time,
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