If you are in the realm of wellness, I am sure you have heard of Elderberry Syrup and seen it in the shops or chemist. As easy as it is to buy it from the shops, we love making our own. It gives us the chance to connect to this herbal medicine, ancestors, and to place our intentions for healing in the potion. We also prefer to know what is in it and well it is easy and fun to make. We always have Elderberry syrup in the fridge during the year we take a few times a week; however, during flu season or when someone around us is sick, we take it every day.
Ingredients you will need
2 Tbsp. rosehips - beneficial because they are naturally high in vitamin C
2 tsp. whole cloves - cloves are known to be anti-microbial
2 tsp. dried ginger root - ginger is soothing and immune-boosting
2-3 cinnamon sticks - cinnamon is high in anti-microbial properties
½ cup or to your families taste raw, local honey - honey is immune boosting, mainly when it is raw and locally sourced
2 tsp Astragalus powder or dried root (optional): An excellent immune booster
4 c. water
1/2 c. whole dried elderberries - Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) known for its fever and flu-fighting properties and throughout European traditions is a popular formula for colds. They contain high levels of Iron and Vitamin C which are good for the immune system and antiviral. They are also useful for lowering inflammation, and it is suitable for breaking up phlegm.
You can buy the spices and herbs needed for this from your local health food store or online. Please make sure they are fit for consumption.
Directions to make the syrup
Add the water and herbs into a saucepan or stockpot and simmer the mixture on low for 1 hour. Leaving the lid ajar and stirring occasionally.
After the hour pour your mixture through a strainer into a clean sterilised bowl and let cool.
When the mixture is warm whisk the honey through until it is dissolved, pour into a sterilised jar and store in the refrigerator.
Use and storage
Elderberry can be taken straight or stirred into a beverage. Personally, for our family we take Elderberry syrup a couple of times per week during the year and when it is flu season we take it every day. We find this works for us; however, you may only want to take it as symptoms come on. Your homemade syrup may keep in the fridge for up to 3 months I do urge you to use your intuition and keep an eye on if it goes wrong.
I hope you enjoy making your Elderberry Syrup for your family.
* Disclaimer - I am not a trained medical practitioner with herbs. This is from our families experience only. Please consult your health professional team before ingesting this syrup.