My sweet sister-in-law and I are always looking for natural ways to prevent and fight sickness for our little families. A few friends shared with us that they give their kids Elderberry Syrup to prevent and to fight the flu. Seriously, these friends swore by it. A homemade, organic remedy to prevent the nasty flu? Yes! Some for us, please!
So, we did some research (see link way below) and set out to give it a try. It was EASY and we had so much fun preparing it!
You will need:
- ⅔ cup organic black elderberries
- 5 cups of water
- 2 T organic fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 tsp organic cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp organic cloves or clove powder
- 1 cup raw honey (we get ours locally)
- fine mesh strainer
- measuring utensils
- jar for storing syrup
First, peel and finely chop your ginger root.
Then, add your water, berries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to the boiler.
Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
And sit down and have a little visit with your sisinlaw/ bestie while you wait– that’s what I did!
Remove from heat and cool for 5-10 minutes, or until warm.
Pour through a fine mesh strainer into mixing bowl.
Discard Elderberries (with a frown on your face).
Add your Honey and mix well.
Store in a mason jar in the fridge.
Take it yourself and give it to your family once daily to boost your immunity to colds and the flu.
Recommended Doses: 1/2 to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 to 1 Tbsp for adults for prevention. If you do contract the flu, take normal dose every 2-3 hours or until symptoms are gone.
Wishing you a Happy and HEALTHY winter season.
Anna (and Katie!)
We found our recipe here:
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Katie ordered the elderberries here: