Homemade Elderberry Syrup a Natural Remedy for Those Pesky Cold and Flu Viruses

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It’s about that time of year; you know that time when the weather changes and everyone gets  sick. With four kids I dread it! If you ever wanted to know how to lose a month of your life – have four kids that get sick. It is the quickest, sure fire way to lose days on end.

Now that said, I am a total crunchy momma {as most of you know} and I try my hardest to build up our immune systems here to prevent such scenarios from occurring. Every year I seem to add something ‘new‘ to my bag of tricks and this year it is ‘Homemade Elderberry Syrup’! In the past I only used the ‘magic syrup’ to help calm coughs and congestion in my littles – but, that was only until I learned about all the immune boosting properties that these tiny berries had.

Homemade ElderberrySyrup

Elderberries are…

High in Vitamin C {have more vitamin C that oranges in fact}

Very High in Quercitin {an antioxidant}

Are a Natural Anit-Inflamatory {calms those inflamed lungs during coughing spasms something wonderful}

They are antiviral in nature preventing those pesky colds/flu bugs from occurring

So with out further a due – Here is the Recipe I use;

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup dried elderberries
  • 31/2 Cups of water
  • 2 Tbsp fresh or dried ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. whole cloves or clove powder
  • 1 Cup raw honey

Instructions

  1. Pour water in medium sauce pan, add dried elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves {care to not add honey quite yet, as it will destroy some of the honey's medicinal benefits}
  2. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer - simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour {approx until liquid is half}
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Pour through sieve in a glass bowl or I prefer a mason jar. {I use a canning funnel like this}
  5. Discard the elderberries and let the syrup cool
  6. Once it is no longer hot you can then add the 1 cup of honey, and stir.
  7. When the honey is well mixed, store the elderberry syrup in the fridge - it will last for months {unless, you are like us and use it daily - it never lasts that long}
http://jennyirvine.com/homemade-elderberry-syrup/

Usage/Dosage;
1/2tsp-1tsp for kids, 1/2Tbsp. – 1 Tbsp. Adults (once daily)
If flu or cold are present use dosage above every 2-3 hours*

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2 comments

    • Jenny Irvine says:

      Thanks so much, sorry on my delay I’m finally getting back into the blogging thing over here. I love your site by the way and, I am really looking forward to joining your blog hop. Thanks for finding me. 😉

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