Next to Vitamin C with Zinc, elderberry syrup has been a lifesaver in keeping me healthy during the winter months. I work in an Urgent Care and I am frequently exposed to the flu and other viruses. When I start feeling run down, I’ll take a Vitamin C with Zinc twice a day with food and the elderberry syrup three times a day.
There are different types of elderberry recipes out there, but this is the one I’ve been using. If you’re not up to buying all the ingredients separately you can buy an elderberry syrup kit from Amazon.com to make at home. You’ll need to have a cheesecloth strainer and some type of sweetener like honey. Another option is to buy pre-made elderberry syrup.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 cup elderberries, dried
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks
- 5-10 cloves, whole (optional)
- 1-2 inches fresh ginger (optional)
- ½ small organic lemon, juiced
- ½ cup to 1 cup honey- optional (do not use honey for babies under 1 year old).
- In a small to medium sized saucepan, bring water, elderberries, cinnamon, ginger and cloves to a light boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 35-45 minutes.
- Set aside to cool down.
- Strain mixture through a cheese cloth into a glass bowl.
- Add lemon juice and honey and whisk until smooth.
- Transfer to glass jar or a bottle with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
- Use a disposable cheesecloth! I ruined a few of my nicer nut bag cheesecloth’s by straining the elderberries through it.
- Strain the elderberries in your sink and not your countertop. I have white marble countertops and elderberry can stain them.
- This will temporarily stain your hands and fingernails for about a day. You can wear disposable gloves to prevent this.
Elderberry Gummy Recipe
- 1 cup elderberry syrup
- ¼ cup gelatin
- ½ cup hot water (not boiling)
- In a small mixing bowl, add ¼ cup of the cooled elderberry syrup and whisk in the gelatin.
- Add in the hot water and stir until dissolved.
- Whisk in remaining elderberry syrup.
- Carefully pour the mixture into a molding of your choice. I prefer to use ice-cube trays.
- Place molds into the refrigerator and chill for about 1-2 hours or until they become firm.
- Pop gummies out of the molds and place into a glass airtight container with a lid.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
JUST EAT REAL FOOD – Stop focusing on calories & focus on what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Your body is always giving you signals, but many times we ignore them. Pay attention if you develop nausea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, joint pain, rashes, sinus problems, or cold sores. If you develop any of these things after eating, it’s a good indicator that your body is giving you a clue to stop consuming something in your food. Many times these symptoms come from consuming chemicals, artificial coloring, and preservatives. Other times these symptoms can occur from a food allergy or sensitivity. Pay attention. Creating a food diary is a really great way to help you figure out what your triggers are. Food elimination diets are a great way to figure out what your triggers are.
Information in this posting is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Talk to your medical provider before starting any new supplements or medications.