As the days shorten and the mornings become darker, we know we are entering two seasons….. winter and flu season! This time of year we tend to stay indoors a lot more, and don’t get nearly enough Vit D or fresh air and sun. We are prone to catching viruses and bugs and taking care of our health and bodies is ULTRA important now! There are several ways to keep your body’s immune system strong, but sometimes we just catch those darn bugs and viruses going around.
This is when making this recipe is comes in handy, as elderberries have a powerful cold and flu effect of your body and is the perfect remedy when you are sick.
The Elderberry is considered one of the best healing berries because they are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that support a healthy immune system. They have been touted as an effective way to alleviate cold and flu symptoms, decrease their duration OR prevent it all together!! This syrup is simply a way to add a boost of nutrients to your body VIBRANT.
THE BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRIES
- High in Antioxidants: Elderberries are rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and anthocyanins, which help combat oxidative stress and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- Boosts Immune System: Their high vitamin C content and antioxidant properties can help boost the immune system, making the body more efficient at fighting off infections.
- Anti-inflammatory Properties: Elderberries have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce pain and swelling, benefiting conditions like arthritis or chronic pain.
- Heart Health: Consuming elderberries may support heart health by improving blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels, and enhancing circulation.
- Supports Digestive Health: The fiber in elderberries can help promote a healthy gut, aiding in digestion and the prevention of constipation.
- May Improve Respiratory Health: Elderberries have traditionally been used to treat respiratory illnesses like colds, flu, and bronchitis, possibly due to their immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Skin Health: The high levels of antioxidants in elderberries can also benefit skin health by preventing signs of aging and promoting a healthy, glowing complexion.
- May Support Weight Management: With their high fiber content and metabolism-boosting effects, elderberries can be a helpful addition to a weight management plan.
- Antiviral Properties: Some studies suggest that elderberry extracts have antiviral properties, which can help prevent or shorten the duration of certain viral infections.
- Mood Enhancer: Though more research is needed, some sources suggest that the nutrients in elderberries can help improve mood and mental health, potentially due to their impact on brain health and inflammation reduction.
HOW TO MAKE ELDERBERRY SYRUP
This recipe is extremely easy to make, and making a large batch at one time is ideal. We use dried elderberries that I purchase online (see pic above for the best quality that I’ve found), that is boiled in water to extract the nutrients and turn it into a syrup that is drinkable.
The elderberries need to be boiled for over an hour, so that the liquid is reduced by half. Then I like to let it sit for another hour before I strain it to allow all the syrup to soak up any remaining nutrients from the berries.
Adding other beneficial ingredients like cinnamon, oranges and honey boost its health capacity and gives it a nice flavor.
STORING THE EDLERBERRY SYRUP
When you are in throws of a cold or flu, you will be taking this syrup daily, and often. And the likely hood someone else is also sick in your home is high…therefore if you’ve just made a fresh batch, keep it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Chances are it will be finished by then, or the end of your cold. If making it ahead of time (because who wants to do extra work when sick), you can freeze this syrup in an ice cube tray or the container of your choice for up to 6 months.
Data has suggested that you take 1 tbsp of the syrup at least 4 times per day.
Discover our homemade Elderberry Syrup recipe, a natural remedy for colds and flus. Boost your immunity with this easy, antioxidant-rich syrup.
- 1.5 cups dried elderberries
- 9 cups water
- 1 tbsp cinammon or 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 oranges
- Dash all spice
- 1 tbsp ginger powder
- 1/4 cup of honey, or more depending how sweet you like it
Add water, elderberries and cinnamon sticks (if using) to a large pot. Cut oranges in half, squeeze in the juice and toss the skin in as well
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Let boil for about an hour or until half of the liquid has dissipated
Remove from heat and let sit for another hour
Using a strainer, remove elderberries from the liquid
Stir in honey, cinnamon powder and all spice and mix well
Pour into individual glass jars and store in fridge for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months
The nutritional information provided is an estimate only, using an online nutritional calculator, and can vary depending on the products used. It does not substitute for professional nutritional advice. It is essential to consult your healthcare provider or physician before implementing any suggestions or ideas mentioned in the blog.