By now you’ve probably heard something about elderberry syrup. Our great grandmothers swore by it, then it seems like modern medicine pushed it aside, but now it’s making a come back! Natural remedies are back on our radars, and this is one of my favorites! We call it “Superhero Juice”, and Wes truly thinks he will be able to take off in flight once it kicks in!
You can buy syrup at health food stores, but it is a bit expensive, usually contains additives, and is not as potent. It is way cheaper to make your own, and really not that hard! This recipe makes a big batch to share or hoard to yourself 😉
I try to make our crew take a teaspoon daily, but let’s face it, it’s more like a few times a month these days! But, if you feel something coming on, or are around some sick people and need protection, this is your first step. Adults can take a couple of teaspoons every few hours when sick (especially with the flu!), and kids can take one teaspoon every few hours. *Medical disclaimer…I’m not a doctor, so be sure to check with your doc before following my advice*
2/3 cup dried elderberries (I use these)
3 1/2 cups of water (I use bottled)
1 inch ginger root (powdered is fine, use 2 TBS), I chop mine
Dash of cinnamon
I cup Manuka honey
- Add all ingredients except honey to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 50 minutes (liquid should be reduced by half)
- Let cool to lukewarm, then mash the berries right in the saucepan. I use a big soup ladle to crush them down. (If you have a better method, please share!)
- Strain into a glass mason jar. Add honey and mix well. Store in the fridge.
*you can keep this in any glass container, but I like ones that are easy to pour from. Scour your local Home Goods for these!