Cold and flu season is upon us. Having a house full of sickies is not on my agenda this year. To combat nasty germs and viruses that we might pick up in the real world, we take a dose of elderberry syrup each day (lovingly referred to as “Purple Medicine” by my toddler).
Elderberries are long thought to be an extremely effective immune booster. In several “crunchy” spots on the internet, elderberry syrup is labeled “Nature’s Flu Shot”. Apparently, a shot of this stuff a day will prevent the flu. It is also supposed to help knock out viruses; when taken at the first sign of illness.
Long story short, take elderberry syrup everyday and bypass illness this year.
Now, I’m not sure exactly how effective this stuff is BUT I do know that we are well in to cold and flu season and, after taking our daily dose of elderberry syrup, we are all in tip-top health. (It’s certainly not hurting our health)
The cloves and cinnamon add extra immunity boosting defense. The result is a spicy-sweet liquid that is great for you AND tastes delicious (try it as a syrup on pancakes or ice cream)!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
-1 cup of dried elderberries
-3 cups of water
-1/2 cup raw honey
-1 tbsp whole dried cloves
-3 cinnamon sticks
In a saucepan, add elderberries, water, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit to cool completely.
Strain out elderberries (making sure to squeeze out the juice). I’ve found using a cheese cloth to be the easiest way to strain and drain.
Pour liquid into a wide mouth jar, add raw honey, stir, and seal on the lid.
Store in fridge for up to 1 month.
Take 1 tablespoon a day (1 teaspoon for kids)
**Remember, I’m not a doctor. I cannot guarantee this remedy is truly effective BUT it seems to be working for us…thus far**