Elderberries are an immune-boosting powerhouse! They've been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to heal people of illness and to keep people healthy. In fact, black elderberries can be traced all the way back to Ancient Egypt, where elderberries were the main ingredient in several medicines. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, called this plant his “medicine chest” for all the ailments and illnesses it helped cure.
This recipe is my favorite and has kept my family healthy through several cold/flu seasons. They say to give children 1 tsp and adults 1 tablespoon, although I go by my own rules and everyone in our house gets a tablespoon everyday. If you are already sick with the flu or have a head cold, double up the dosage. Below are the benefits of this nutritious plant!
-Boost the immune system
-Protects against bacteria & infection
-Slows down the spread of cancer
-Moderates the digestive process
-Prevents the developement of diabetes
-Reduces the pain & speed of autoimmune diseases
-Helps with weight loss
-Lowers blood pressure
-Contain vitamins A, B, & C
-Provide iron, potassium, phosphorus & copper
-Provide fiber & protein
-Increases gastrointestinal health
The other main ingredient of elderberry syrup is raw, unfiltered organic honey. And made into elderberry syrup it is pure, yummy, deliciousness! You will need to refrain yourself from opening the fridge and continuously sipping from the jar all day. (I'm horrible at that) The raw honey is LOADED with nutrients. There are over 80 different vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants found in raw, unfiltered honey! (vegan elderberry syrup is the same recipe only made with pure maple syrup) The honey also has anti-bacterial properties along with being an alkaline food. All of the nutrients, in combination with the nutrients from the elderberries make for a super, immune-boosting syrup! My recipe makes just a little over a quart. And it will keep for up to 3 months in the fridge.
1 cup raw, unfiltered organic honey
2 cups whole organic black elderberries
1 teaspoon clove powder
1 teaspoon ginger root powder
1 cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder
4 cups water
Boil the elderberries and seasonings in the water for 45 minutes. Let it cool and then mash the berries with a spoon. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a glass bowl, mashing the rest of the juice from the berries. Add 1 cup of honey and stir. Store in the fridge. I mash the berries for 10 minutes, just to be sure I get all the goodness out of them. Quart sized mason jars are perfect for storing the syrup.
If you would rather purchase elderberry syrup, I highly recommend Mother's Touch Essential's! This is a local mother who makes regular elderberry syrup, as well as vegan elderberry syrup. She also makes gummy's that you can give to your children. The elderberry syrup or gummy's sold in stores is way overpriced and most contain high fructose corn syrup. Buying local guarantee's fresh, organic ingredients and superior quality. Shipping is available if you are not local to Austin, Texas.
To your health!
Natural-Hacks came about from my personal experiences, years of research and desire to heal and treat my family naturally. My passion and direct experiences with natural remedies have helped form my opinion on several different health topics which I share with you here on my blog. I wish you success on your natural health journey!
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