If you haven’t heard of these amazing berries before, let me introduce you to my little friends!
When my eldest daughter was 6months old she got sick for the first time and of course like all new-moms, I panicked. She had so much mucus and was coughing so much that it was making her throw up! I didn’t know what I could give her that was safe and natural to help clear her lungs and heal her cough. Luckily my midwife had become a close personal friend and I called right away.
This is when I learned about the magical powers of the elderberry! These berries have been used for hundreds of years and have been medically proven to boost the immune system and are terrific at fighting coughs, colds, flus, bacterial and viral infections. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Cool fact: Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1951!
The best way to kick the sick is to use Elderberry syrup. This is safe for children and adults. Even my husband reaches for the Elderberry syrup when he isn’t well. You know something works when they take it without you mentioning it. It can be a little costly $10-13 a bottle BUT I view that as nothing in the scheme of having to pay for a Dr. visit and medications.
- 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried organic Elderberries
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup raw honey (use maple syrup for babies under one)
- Optional: 1 organic Cinnamon stick, 3 organic Cloves, and organic Ginger
- Optional: Fresh Rosemary for added iron, calcium, and vitamin B6
Combine all ingredients except the honey which you will add before you jar.
Bring to a boil
Cover and simmer for 1-2 hours (you will get a lovely dark syrup)
Smash and strain berries into container that you can seal
Once it has cooled down- add raw honey to taste
Enjoy and cheers to good health!
*Would like to thank a lovely woman named Dorraine who gifted me with these berries.