If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, you know I caught the flu this winter season. Let me tell you, I would NEVER wish the flu on my worse enemy. I rarely get sick and garlic has been my tried and true go-to remedy for over 16 years. Raw garlic has always worked for me and the 5 months + of accrued sick time at my old job is a testament to its success. Typically, when I feel that little tingle in my throat, I eat raw garlic, 3 nights in a row and whatever was trying to get me sick, is gone.
This last time, I felt the tingle and ate garlic for nearly a week and I was getting worse. I was in bed for 5 days. Seriously. I had no energy, no appetite and believe my children thought I was on my death bed. They only see me active and moving around so when I get sick and stop moving, they know I’m not well. Nearly 3 weeks later and I’m still not 100%, but I’ve decided to arm myself with elderberry syrup in the hopes to prevent this from ever happening again.
Benefits of Elderberry: Shown to be a potent cold and flu remedy helping to boost the immune system. Helps with aiding sinus infection, lowers blood sugar levels, is a natural laxative and promotes healthy skin.
Stay healthy during the cold and flu season with this immune boosting syrup.
- 2/3 cup dried elderberries about 3 ounces
- 3 1/2 cups of water
- 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger root
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves or clove powder I used clove powder this time
- 1 cup raw honey
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (you will not add honey at this time)
Bring all of the ingredients from above to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until you see the liquid has been reduced by nearly half. Remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Once cooled, mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil to get all of the juices. Pour through a strainer and into a glass bowl.
Discard the elderberries and transfer your liquid to a 16 oz mason jar. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey, add the cap and shake until well combined.
There you have it. Homemade Elderberry syrup. Store in the fridge and take daily to strengthen your immune system. Some sources online recommend taking during the week and not on the weekends to boost your body's immunity.
Dosing for kids: ½ tsp to 1 tsp Adults: ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults.
If you happen to get the flue while you are taking the syrup, continue the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms go away. Let’s hope they will forever!
Cheers to your uninterrupted health,
Simple & Homemade