Fall is definitely here – which makes me giddy just thinking about all the fun layers I get to enrobe myself in, however, I can’t help but cringe when thinking about the aliments that tend to follow with these beautiful, yet chilly months ahead.
Last Fall/Winter was completely miserable. I mean downright miserable. My kids and I passed colds back and forth, for no joke, 10 weeks (not to mention the stomach bug that got me on a family fun weekend getaway). Luckily, it was me who was mostly affected. I mean it was nearly impossible at times, but let’s be honest, there is nothing worse than seeing your child/children sick – I’ll take their sickness for them every single time!
Maybe it was just a super nasty year for colds and flus – or – maybe it was because I was lackadaisical about preparing the homemade Elderberry Syrup that I did the year before. Regardless, it was a learning experience for me, and an encounter which I never wish to have again. So, needless to say, I am bound and determined to avoid what happened to us last year, happen again this year! Re-enter: Elderberry Syrup!
My babes and I just recently made our first batch of this awesome Elderberry Syrup to help build up our immune systems naturally – to help fight off those nasty colds and flus that nearly killed me last year. Here’s to a healthier season, with this magical immune-boosting concoction from Wellness Mama.
Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 1 hour | Inactive time: 15 mins | Yields 4 cups
Author: Wellness Mama
A simple Elderberry Syrup Recipe made with dried elderberries, honey, and herbs for an immune-boosting and delicious syrup, can be used medicinally or on homemade pancakes or waffles.
- 2/3 cup dried elderberries, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen.
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 2 TBSP fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup raw honey
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Bring to a boil, and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour (until the liquid has reduces by almost half).
- Remove from heat and let cool until is is cool enough to be handled.
- Mass the berried carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
- Pour through a strainer int a glass jar or bowl.
- Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
- Once it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.
- Once the honey is mixed well into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 oz. glass bottle of some kind.
- Ta-da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.
I hope this simple Elderberry Syrup recipe helps keep us all healthy this time of year!