Elderberry is the fruit from the flowering plant known as Sambucus. “Some of the most important health benefits of elderberries include their ability to boost immune system function, protect against bacteria and infection, slow down the spread of cancer, moderate the digestive process, prevent the development of diabetes, reduce the pain and speed associated with autoimmune diseases, help with weight loss, lower blood pressure, and alleviate allergies.” (source: organicfacts.net)

I do my absolute best to prevent illness for myself and my family. Elderberry syrup works like magic for us. Most of the time, at the first sign of sickness such as a scratchy throat, running nose, headache or feeling blah, two teaspoons of Elderberry Syrup twice a day for a day or two and we are back to normal. Now, yes, you can purchase pre-made elderberry syrup at your local health food store. However, I find that most store-bought versions – even the organic brands – contain added sugar. When you are trying to build up your immune system, the last thing you want to consume anything with added sugar. Therefore, I decided to start making my batches of elderberry syrup. It’s easy and best of all; you can boost it up by adding additional immune building ingredients like turmeric, ginger or lemon. I have been making my own for years, and it has become a staple in my home.

Elderberry Syrup is terrific and facing the so-called cold/flu season without it… is a big NO WAY in my home.

 

My Homemade Elderberry Syrup
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup dried black elderberries
  • 4 Cups of filtered water
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried turmeric
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh or dried ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • The juice of a whole lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive leaf extract
  • 1 Cup raw honey or manuka honey

Instructions

  • Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • When done, remove from heat and let syrup cool to a lukewarm temperature.
  • Once liquid has cooled, pour through a strainer into a blender.
  • Add lemon juice, olive leaf extract and honey into the blender and blend for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • When syrup is well mixed, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar and cover.
  • Store in the fridge.
  • I take two teaspoons as soon as my throat feels uncomfortable or when I feel like I am coming down with a cold.

Please use organic ingredients whenever possible.

http://www.michelleluft.com/homemade-elderberry-syrup/
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