Have you ever made elderberry syrup? It really is super simple to make and tastes pretty amazing!!! I think you should try it!!!
Elderberries (Sambucus Nigra) are deep purple berries that are known for their history with boosting the immune system and treating colds, flus, and other viral infections. I also like to add rose hips to my elderberry syrup because they are high in vitamin C. You could also add other things, like cloves, ginger, cinnamon, etc. I personally prefer the combination of elderberries and rose hips.
I like to make elderberry syrup a few times a year to have on hand for my family. We take it as a prevention over the winter months when we are surrounded by sickness, and we also take it a bit more often if we do find that we are feeling under the weather.
I would like to share my recipe with you all today.
Here are the ingredients that I use:
1 cup elderberries, dried
1/2 cup rose hips, dried
2 cups water
Local honey (amount explained below)
Let's get started:
Measure your dried elderberries and rose hips into a medium-sized pan. Add in the water and bring to a slow boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring gently here and there.
Using a fine strainer, strain out the plant materials, collecting the liquid in a clean container. (I collect it in a glass measuring cup.) Then measure how much of the liquid elderberry-rose hip liquid you have. Measure out the same amount of honey and stir it into the elderberry-rose hip liquid. This proportion creates a nice syrup consistency that can be dispensed easily on a spoon to children.
Pour your syrup into a jar with a tight-fitting lid, store in the refrigerator, and use the syrup within the next three months. Also make sure to label your jar with the contents and the date you made it.
To use for prevention:
Children take 1 tsp. daily
Adults take 1 T. daily
To use when ill with a viral infection:
Children take 1 tsp. several times daily
Adults take 1 T. several times daily
Some misc. random thoughts:
*A good homeopath friend of mine pours some of her syrup into ice cube trays and freezes them before putting them into a container and storing in the freezer. She said this way she always has some available and she can quickly thaw out a cube or two in the refrigerator. I am definitely going to try this!
*Dried elderberries and rose hips can be purchased from your local herb shop. If you don't have a local herb shop to support, you can also purchase online. Bulk Herb Store, Rose Mountain Herbs, and Frontier are places I have purchased from and have been happy with.
*Also please make sure to use local honey. It really makes a difference!
*I am not a medical doctor and the information I share is solely for educational purposes. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about using this elderberry syrup.
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