Hey there beautiful Humans. I hope this post finds you well. Right now, around the world, people are very sick from Covid-19. This is all weighing so very heavy on my heart as I know it is for you. There are moments that I feel so helpless but one thing I know for sure is that we need to take care of ourselves. We can do that by boosting our immune systems and STAYING HOME.
Speaking of staying at home, most of us have lots of time on our hands and that gives us a chance to be creative. I love to cook and create medicinal remedies so I thought I’d give this a try. It turns out that homemade Elderberry syrup is easy to make and so delicious!
So what are Elderberries? Elderberries are clusters of fruit from the Sambucus tree. They have been used medicinally for many many years and are considered a powerhouse against viruses and infections. The Sambucus elderberry has a beautiful rich color and is packed with antioxidants. They are mild in sweetness and bold in tartness.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of Elderberries:
- Powerful antioxidant-fights the affects of oxidation
- Anti-inflammatory-fights the inflammatory response
- High in Vitamin C-Vitamin C fights viruses by boosting the immune system and been known to relieve respiratory affects of viruses
- Rich in Anthocyanins-gives the elderberry its rich color and fights inflammation
- High in fiber-great source of fiber which filters out toxins
One study shows the affects of Elderberries in reducing respiratory issues do to viruses and infections. Another study showed a reduction in flu-like symptoms 4-5 days earlier than those not taking the syrup.
I think that we can all agree that taking Elderberry syrup has its benefits but homemade syrup packs an even more powerful punch. It’s easy and delicious so check out this simple recipe and keep in mind that you can add things like cinnamon and/or fresh ginger to amplify the benefits.
DIY Elderberry Syrup
This immune boosting syrup is tasty to boot!
- 3/4 cup Dried Elderberries
- 3 cups Filtered water
- 3/4 cup Honey ((Local if you have it))
Place dried elderberries and water in medium saucepan(spices optional)
Place on stove on medium heat for 45-60 minutes until liquid is reduced by half
Remove from heat and cool for about 30 minutes
Strain the syrup into a bowl pressing on the elderberries to extract as much liquid
Stir in honey
Pour into glass jar with lid and put into the fridge for 2 weeks
I’m sending so much healing love to you all and I hope you take care of yourself each and every day!
Cheers to your best life!