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Did you know you can not only buy elderberry syrup in the store, but you can make your own?
I love DIY so I just made a big batch of elderberry syrup, and we take 1 tbsp (or 1 tsp for small children) every few hours when we are not feeling ourselves, AND we take it every few days just as a general rule. Especially this time of the year when school starts and the unpredictable weather changes keep you guessing how to dress or how to dress your kids before they head out the door. In North Dakota, it can be 50 degrees in the morning and 80 degrees in the afternoon. Layers. That’s all I can say…dress in layers.
So What are Elderberries?
The Elderberry is a member of the Adoxaceae family, Sambucus nigra, the most popular species, is native to Europe and North America, but it can be found in temperate regions worldwide. The plant’s blossoms turn to fruits called, elderberries. Aren’t they beautiful and mysterious looking?
Rich in vitamins A, B and C, elderberries are a traditional cold and flu remedy that has been used for hundreds of years. They are known to be full of antioxidants and bio-flavonoids. Elderberries also contain proteins in the juice of the berry that destroy the ability of a cold or flu virus to infect a cell.
Get your elderberries here!!
In the recipe below, I added the following essential oils to add a extra dose of magic to our elderberry syrup.
* Thieves – This is a seriously amazing blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary. I’m just going out on a limb here and saying, this is powerful.
* Nutmeg – Besides tasting and smelling freaking awesome, this oil encourages optimal digestive function, combats occasional inflammation, supports joints and promotes cardiovascular health.
* Clove – This is crazy high in antioxidants!
* Ginger – Part of keeping the immune system in tip-top shape is keeping digestion optimal. Over 90% of the immune system resides in the gut, so using ginger, with it’s ability to stimulate and regulate digestion, only seems natural.
* Cinnamon Bark – Another oil already found in the Thieves blend, cinnamon bark is a powerful support to the immune system.
* Frankincense – One of the gifts given to Jesus by the Three Wise Men, frankincense has been used for centuries. You should google Frankincense oil. Just do it. For real.
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Elderberry Syrup (Courtesy of Annie Hauser)
2/3 cup dried, organic black elderberries (about 3 ounces)
3 1/2 cups of filtered or distilled water
YL Vitality Essential oils (cinnamon bark, nutmeg, ginger, frankincense, clove, orange)
1 cup local raw honey (get it local if you can)
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries (do not add honey or EOs just yet)
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of local, raw honey, and one drop of each essential oil. Stir well.
When honey is mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a clean, quart-sized mason jar or 16-ounce glass bottle of some kind. Store in the refrigerator.
Here is where to grab your organic elderberries!!
Here’s to a healthy fall and winter!! Think about your family and friends…invite them over to help! Send them home with their own so they can live above the wellness line too.