20 Sep IMMUNE BOOSTING – Homemade Elderberry Cold & Flu Syrup
Recipe and information sourced from https://www.spoiltbynature.com.au
Elderberries are available from The Health Nut in Gladstone
This Elderberry syrup is vital for anyone wanting to boost their immune system. Not only an amazing source of Vitamin C Elderberries are also a great source of Iron, Potassium, Vitamin B6 and beta-carotene.
You will need –
3/4 Cup Organic Elderberries
3 – 3 ½ cups of Filtered Water
2 Tablespoons of Fresh Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon of Cloves
1 Cinnamon Stick (or 1tsp Ground Cinnamon)
1 Cup of Raw Honey
To make the syrup –
Take a medium sized saucepan and add your elderberries, water, ginger, cloves and cinnamon sticks (leave out the honey at this point)
Bring the pot to the boil and then cover, turn down the heat so the pot is simmering. Leave it simmer for 45 minutes or so until the liquid has reduced by almost half. Then remove from heat and let cool for 15 mins or so. Pour the liquid through a mesh strainer into a glass jug or bowl and mash the berries using a spoon to strain out as much liquid as possible.
Toss your elderberries in the garden for compost and let your luscious liquid cool until its lukewarm. Then add your cup of honey and stir until its well combined.
Pour the syrup into a 700gram jar or glass bottle.
Store in the fridge (should keep for a couple of months if it lasts that long!) and take a shot daily (½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1 Tbsp for adults – If you are sick you can do this every 3 hours to keep on top of the bugs).
Makes approximately 3 cups of syrup.
Elderberry syrup is more of a food with healthy benefits, rather than a medicine in itself, so it’s hard to take too much. However, as with anything you try for the first time if you have existing health issues, check with your doctor or health care practitioner prior to taking.