Fall has arrived, and although it is my favorite season, there is one thing I always dread: everyone seems to be sick with some sort of crud. I hated getting sick before, but now that we have a child, getting sick is not an option. Let’s face it- sick kids are not fun! Luckily, Henry has only been sick twice in his life, but it was not enjoyable. With Chance being a nurse, we are exposed to a multitude of germs, so anything we can do to protect ourselves from getting sick helps.
This year, I decided to try elderberry syrup for our family. Elderberry syrup is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. There are studies that show elderberry syrup can help prevent you from getting sick. It can also help lessen the severity of symptoms and length of time you are sick. Plus it’s a natural ‘medicine’ so I feel good about giving it to my family. It also tastes really good, so no fighting with the kids to get them to take it! Here is the recipe I used:
4 cups elderberries
8 cups water
3/4 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
**Tip: Don’t eat the raw elderberries. While it would take a large amount, eating them raw is toxic.**
Step 1. De-stem your elderberries. Lucky for me, Chance had already done this for me when he harvested them, and I froze my berries to use later.
Step 2. Put your elderberries into a large pot and fill with 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
Step 3. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes.
Step 4. Strain the elderberries out of the liquid into a large bowl. Add the honey, and stir until combined. Add the cinnamon and ginger. The cinnamon and ginger are optional, but I added them for extra flavor and immune boosting power!
Step 5. Pour syrup into a jar and refrigerate. I filled a pint jar to keep in the fridge then froze three pints in bags as well if we need them later.
The ‘dosage’ for the elderberry syrup is 1 Tbsp a day for adults as a preventative measure. If you’re sick, you can use this dose every 2-3 hours. The dose for children is 1 tsp.
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