Cold season is upon us, and as Wild Sisters all over the world are chasing their dreams, many are also trying to avoid getting sick. No one likes to be sick, but catching the flu can cause all sorts of setbacks. Have you ever tried to launch a new project while sick, and handling sick kiddos? No.bueno. Enter homemade elderberry syrup!
Instead of taking chemical-based pharmaceutical meds after you’re already sick, why not boost your body’s immunity and ward off symptoms with something cheap and natural? Elderberry syrup happens to be both.
I first heard about elderberry syrup when I was a kid. My grandmother made it for me when I had the sniffles and the flu was going around. I remember two things about it. 1) It didn’t taste anything like the Dimetapp my mom always gave me and 2) Also unlike Dimetapp, I never got anything past the sniffles.
When I had kids of my own, being the ‘opportunity cost’ kind of gal, I found some elderberry syrup online and called it done. I had no idea what I was missing! The homemade stuff is so much better.
And, homemade elderberry syrup is easy to make!
I currently use an altered version of the Edlerberry Cold and Flu Immune Building Syrup from The Hippy Homemaker. Be sure to check her out – she has some amazing recipes!
Here’s my version:
1/2 cup dried organic elderberries
1/2 cup dried echinacea
3 cups distilled water
1 stick cinnamon
2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 cup of raw, unfiltered honey or organic sugar
dried orange peel
- Combine everything but the honey in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a low boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Allow to gently simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Put cheesecloth in a funnel, and add the contents of the saucepan into the funnel. I use a ladle to help with this. Once you’re done adding it, make sure to squeeze the cheesecloth to get every drop you can out of the pulp! You can do this easily by doing it in parts, and spinning the cheesecloth until it’s really tight.
- Add in honey or sugar, and mix until they’re melted. Voila! Elderberry syrup!
- Store in glass in the refrigerator for up to a month – I use a mason jar.
- Children ages 1-11 – take 1 teaspoon, 3 times per day at the first sign of sickness, and 2 times a day if building your immune system.
Ages 12-adult, take 1 tablespoon, 3-4 times per day at the first sign of sickness, and 2-3 times per day if building your immune system.
And there you have it! Be sure and share this recipe all the right places (Facebook and Pinterest!) if you use and love it so other Wild Sisters can heal naturally as well!