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Elderberry Syrup Recipe

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Inside: Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Who has time to be sick with so much sewing to complete? This fabulous natural remedy will keep you healthy so you can get back to your sewing projects.

Last year when the flu was taking over Austin I made a flu tonic that kept my family from getting the flu. It really worked, but it didn’t taste so great.

While the flu raged, I did some research and discovered that Elderberry Syrup can prevent colds and the flu naturally. Since discovering a variety of Elderberry Syrup Recipes, I’ve been perfecting the process and we’ve been taking it regularly.


Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Prior to discovering Elderberry Syrup, I had never heard about this amazing little berry. So, exactly what is an elderberry? It is a blue-purple fruit found on a wild shrub that is native to the United States. Recently, I planted an elderberry bush because they grow naturally in Texas and are a part of the honeysuckle family. I can’t wait to use my own elderberries someday soon and will add a photo once the bush starts producing.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Exactly how does it prevent colds and the flu? Simply, it prevents an enzyme used by the virus to spread infection from attaching to cells in our body. If the virus can’t travel through your cells, then it’s toast. {It’s a little more science-y than my explanation, but these berries really are a natural way to stay healthy.}

Why is Elderberry Syrup so effective? Elderberries can reduce inflammation and give a boost to the immune system. Because it’s natural, Elderberry Syrup does not have any side effects ~ unlike Tamiflu which can have some severe side effects.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Elderberries

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You can purchase Elderberry Syrup on Amazon or at a local health food store. It’s pretty pricey for something you may want to take daily during cold and flu season. Which is why I make my own (you knew this already) and I am going to share this simple recipe with you.

First, you are going to need some elderberries. I purchase these organic freeze-dried elderberries on Amazon.

 This 1 lb. bag and will last a long time if stored in the freezer.

The other ingredient that you will want to get is raw unfiltered honey. If you have a local source for raw unfiltered honey, that would be best. **NOTE:  If you plan to give this to children under 1 year of age, DO NOT use honey as a sweetener, try coconut sugar instead.

Yield: 50 Servings

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C. Organic Dried Elderberries
  • 3 1/2 C. Distilled Water
  • 1 Organic Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Small piece of Ginger
  • 1/2 C. Raw Unfiltered Honey or Coconut Sugar

Instructions

  1. Bring the elderberries, water, and spices to a boil. {Do not add the sweetener, yet}
  2. Turn down the heat and simmer on the stove for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain off and discard the elderberries and spices.
  4. Allow to cool before blending in honey. If you add the honey to the hot mixture too soon it will destroy the honey's beneficial enzymes.
  5. Once cool, add honey and stir until well blended.
  6. Store in a glass jar in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

50

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

Instant Pot Recipe

If you own an Instant Pot, then this recipe got even easier. Below are all of the instructions for making Elderberry Syrup in an Instant Pot.

Yield: 50 Servings

INSTANT POT Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C. Organic Dried Elderberries
  • 3 1/2 C. Distilled Water
  • 1 Organic Cinnamon Stick (optional)
  • 1 Small piece of Ginger
  • 1/2 C. Raw Unfiltered Honey or Coconut Sugar

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT the honey to the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
  2. Secure and lock the IP lid in place.
  3. Close the pressure release valve.
  4. Set to Manual for 20 minutes.
  5. When done cooking, allow to naturally depressurize.
  6. Strain off and discard the elderberries and spices
  7. Allow to cool before blending in honey. If you add to the hot mixture too soon it will destroy the beneficial enzymes in the honey.
  8. Once cooled, add honey and stir until well blended.
  9. Store in a glass jar in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

50

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

Elderberry Syrup Dosage

How much Elderberry Syrup should you take? I take 1 T. daily during cold and flu season. If I feel something coming on, I will take another couple of doses during the day. Most people recommend taking smaller doses more often if you are exposed to the flu. It is so safe that it is impossible to overdose on Elderberry Syrup. Of course, use caution and check with your doctor if you plan to give this to a child.

When exposure to colds and viruses means we are likely to get sick, we blend the Flu Tonic with our Elderberry Syrup.

Think of it as a daily flu shot ~ without the unpleasant side effects.


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