Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe:
Elderberry is high on my list to give to my family because it has SO many wonderful immune boosting properties. We eat this in some form everyday. Elderberry syrup is our favorite, and my kids line up to eat it (literally – I give them a spoonful every morning)! You can read more about the immune boosting components and health benefits of elderberry in my post, 7 Foods that Boost Your Immune System Naturally.
You can buy Elderberry at your local health food store, but why not be more self-reliant and make your own? Here’s an awesome recipe from Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist (one of my favorite health food bloggers).
Simple 3-Ingredient Elderberry Syrup
Makes about 6-8 small bottles of elderberry syrup
1/2 – 3/4 cup organic, dried elderberries
3 cups filtered water
3/4 – 1 cup raw, local, unfiltered honey
Place dried elderberries (or 1 cup fresh, ripe elderberries if you have them locally) and filtered water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes. Mash the elderberries to release any remaining juice. Strain the mixture into a glass bowl using a cheesecloth. When the liquid has come to room temperature, gently stir in the raw honey and mix thoroughly.
Store and label in small, 8 or 12 ounce glass, amber bottles.
This mixture will last many months in a cool, dark pantry or in the refrigerator.
A single teaspoon once or twice a day is sufficient as a preventative measure. If illness strikes, use more as necessary, with up to 3 teaspoons, 4x per day as used in the randomized study described above. For young children who cannot have raw honey yet, half the maximum dosage is recommended and either dilute the syrup with hot water or heat on the stove before administering.
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