Besides my essential oils, Elderberry Syrup is my second staple for staying well and being healthy. We take around 1 oz a day for preventive measures and to keep our immune system strong. During times of sickness I have doubled or even tripled that amount.
What are Elderberries used for?
Elderberries are specifically known to help prevent the flu and colds or help you get over it faster if you have already come down with something.
Health Benefits of Elderberries
Elderberries contain amino acids, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.
Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever. In Israel, Hasassah’s Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body’s immune system and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it. The wide range of medical benefits (from flu and colds to debilitating asthma, diabetes, and weight loss) is probably due to the enhancement of each individual’s immune system.
You can use them for many different things but today we’re going discuss using them in a syrup. Elderberry syrup taste great and is easy to get kids to take! I’ve even added it to my coffee for a nice flavor and added nutritional boost to my coffee.
Why make your own?
Elderberry syrups are available at health food stores or online, but usually for around $15-18 or more for 4-8 ounces! My recipe and kit make around 16 oz.
You can also fully customize this recipe based on your needs and flavor preferences. I include rose hips because of their high vitamin C content they are an excellent immune system booster, and are often used as a supplement to prevent or treat a cold. Clove buds are high in Vitamin A, C, E & K, can help aid digestion and they have antibacterial properties. Cloves have been tested for their antibacterial properties against a number of human pathogens. The extracts of cloves were potent enough to kill those pathogens. Ceylon cinnamon is full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants help protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Oily Organic Mama’s Elderberry Syrup Recipe
1/2 cup organic dried elderberries
1/2 cup organic dried rose hips
1 tbsp organic whole cloves
1 tsp organic ceylon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups of filter water
1 cup of raw honey (local preferably)
Mix first 4 ingredients together (or the contents of the pouch) with 2 1/2 cups of water and simmer covered for 30-45 mins. Get your own premade kit here:just add water and honey!
Strain and allow to cool for 15 mins, then add honey.
Stir and refrigerate.
This will keep in your fridge for 2-4 weeks. I’ve kept and used this syrup for up to 2 months with no problems but use your best judgment or freeze in ice cube trays and take out as needed.
My lawyer wants me to remind you that I’m not a doctor, nurse, or licensed healthcare practitioner. This post is for educational purposes only and is based on my personal experience. Yours may be different. This post is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your doctor before beginning any kind of new vitamin, herbal, diet, or exercise regime.