There have been a lot of people that have asked me for a post on my Elderberry Syrup, so I decided it was about time to share my recipe. My recipe is pretty similar to the recipe from Wellness Mama, but I changed it around just a little bit and added in a couple extra ingredients for even better immune building properties (vitamin c and Echinacea).
For the last 2 winters we have not received flu shots in our house and after reading at the levels of mercury found inside the shot I couldn’t be more glad I have made that choice for my family. Through the cold and flu months we take a daily dose of 1 tsp for kids and 1 TBS for adults. Whenever anyone starts getting a hint of any illness, I up their dose to 2 tsp (kids) and 2 TBS (adults) at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed.
Going through 2 full cold and flu seasons using Elderberry Syrup as a flu shot alternative, we have only has 1 small bout of the flu in a couple of the kids that lasted for only about 8 hours. Colds are almost non existent and when we do get one it only lasts for about a day. Since there are 8 of us this has made me very happy, any virus going through 8 people can seem never ending and sure be exhausting!
I purchase all of my herbs from Bulk Herb Store, and I get organic cinnamon and cloves from Amazon. Bulk Herb Store has been a great company to order from, you get your orders quite fast, and all of the herbs are organic!
Here is some information about the different ingredients inside elderberry syrup that work together to make a powerful immune system naturally.
Elderberries: Elderberries have been used for centuries at boosting immune systems. The Elderberry has an antioxidant activity that has been proven to lower cholesterol, improve vision, and boost the immune system. They have been used to treat flu, colds, asthma, diabetes, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, hay fever, and even cancer and AIDS.
Echinacea: Echinacea works at helping to naturally stimulate our own immune system and helps your immune system become better at fighting infections and viruses on its own. Echinacea releases interferon which works like an early warning system, cells near the virus change making it hard for the virus to spread. Taking Echinacea at the first signs of illness can help prevent it from taking getting worse.
Cloves: Cloves have many benefits such as anti fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic. They contain omega-3 Fatty acids, fiber, and are full of antioxidants. Cloves are an expectorant and help clear up phlegm, helps a sore throat because it is a natural painkiller and also attacks germs. They also help sooth the Digestive system which helps get rid of diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach aches.
Cinnamon: Studies have shown that cinnamon can help control blood sugar, reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria. Cinnamon has anti-mircobal properties that helps stop bacterial and fungal growth.
Ginger: Ginger helps improve the immune system. It helps to fight off bacteria in the gut, help fight off a fever, and battle a cold or sore throat. Ginger is also an expectorant which helps to bring up phlegm up during respiratory illnesses.
Raw Honey: Lets face it raw honey has an unbelievable amount of healing properties and benefits, enough to write a whole post just about all the healing benefits of raw honey. Today I am just sticking to the healing properties it has against cold and flu. Consuming raw honey reduces healing time with bacterial infections. The effects of raw honey are comparable to antibiotics in studies due to high antioxidant levels.
- 1 1/3 cup elderberries
- 8 cups filtered water
- 4 TBS ginger root
- 2 tsp Organic Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Organic Ground Cloves
- 1 cup echinacca root
- 1 cup Rose Hips
- 2 cups raw honey we get ours from local farmers
- Pour water and all ingredients except honey into a pan.
- Bring to boil, turn heat down till you have a gentle boil then cover. Boil for 45 minutes to 1 hours. You want the liquid to be about half of what it originally was.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Pour through strainer into bowl. I have found a mini strainer from the dollar store works very well to get the smaller pieces out since the holes in it are much smaller then a normal strainer
- Add raw honey into the cooled liquid, and stir well.
- Store in mason jars in the fridge.
- Take 1 tsp daily for children and 1 TBS daily for adults. When illness is starting we take our daily dose every 4 hours until the symptoms are gone.
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