It’s that time again Flu & Cold season. This time is really hard for most family’s with kids because of the germs that are passed around at school, daycare, and shared play spaces.
As parents we can definetly take precautions, by washing hands, keeping kids home when they are sick, and boosting up their immune with vitamins and supplements.
The best supplement that we use is elderberry.
Elderberry is considered to be one of the most healing plants. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that can boost the immune system. It is also well known to help prevent cold and flu symptoms.
Don’t eat raw Elderberries!!!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and make no medical claims. Please consult your doctor if you are thinking about taking elderberry or giving it to your family.
Making your own elderberry can save you a lot of money. I think I have paid over $20 for a bottle of elderberry syrup in the past few years. This recipe can be made for much less than that, for example I purchased dried elderberries from Amazon for $22. The elderberries that I purchased will last us throughout the winter.
Once you make the syrup it can last 1-2 months in an air tight container such as a mason jar. I have also heard that you could freeze small amount in ice-cube containers and defrost as needed.
I use cinnamon in my elderberry syrup because of all it’s benefits. Cinnamon is a spice that has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt. It is loaded with antioxidants and can be used to preserve food. Cinnamon helps your body fight infections and repair tissue damage. For me it is one of the best tasting spices ever. There are many benefits of adding cinnamon to your elderberry syrup.
Ginger is another one of those healthy spices. I always add ginger to my teas when the weather gets cold. Ginger can be highly effective for treating morning sickness. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory for joint pains and stiffness. It is commonly used to help fight the cold and flu. I like my ginger to be fresh but you can also get it dried and in a powder form.
You can add and subtract ingredients as you like. I would use thing that you have used before and like the taste. I know some recipes call for cloves to added. If you wish not to use honey you can substitute Agave or Maple syrup in it’s place. This is a recipe that will be utilized over and over and the more that you make it the better it gets.
Please let me know if you decide to make your own.