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Elderberry syrup is the one natural remedy and immunity booster that is an absolutely must-have in my home (now we are upgrading to elderberry syrup plus but first let me explain about elderberry syrup.)
Elderberry Syrup works amazingly well. In fact, it works better than even the flu vaccine when it comes to preventing the flu because elderberry syrup protects against ten strains of the flu whereas the vaccine only focuses on a few.
What’s more, elderberry syrup also helps you recover if you do get the flu or even a cold! There aren’t many medicines out there that can prevent AND treat!
Now you can buy elderberry syrup at many natural stores and of course online but it will cost you. One 8oz bottle can go for around $18! Another issue with buying pre-made elderberry syrup is the ingredients. There’s nothing too horrible in them but you do get added ingredients like fructose, glycerin, and preservatives.
Instead, of spending all that money and getting some not-so-wanted ingredients you can easily make your own. Yes, easily! If you can make tea than you can make elderberry syrup!
What’s the cost on homemade elderberry syrup? $2 for 8oz! Huge savings!!!!
Now plain jane elderberry syrup is wonderful, don’t get me wrong but you can make a good thing even better just by adding a few more ingredients.
This is what we are doing in this post. We are taking elderberry syrup and turning it into elderberry syrup plus!
What are we adding to make Elderberry Syrup Plus?
Ginger – Helps fight illnesses and is helpful when dealing with nausea.
Cinnamon – Helps fight infections and viruses. It is also good at helping with any aches and pains from illnesses.
Rosehips – Have a large amount of vitamin c which can be great for boosting immunity.
Elderberry Syrup Plus
3 cups water
1/2 cup dried elderberries
1/2 tsp dried ginger
1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbs rosehips
1/2 cup honey – raw honey is preferred*
Bring water to boil in a saucepan, add in elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and rose hips and reduce to a simmer.
Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until liquid has reduced by half.
Let the syrup cool.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or muslin.
Add in the honey once cool and stir.
Store your elderberry syrup in a jar in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can make large batches of elderberry syrup and can them or freeze them in mason jars.
Keeps for 2-3 months
Preventative: 1 Tbs/daily for adults, 1 tsp/daily for children over 1 year.
Illness Remedy: 1 Tbs/2-3 hours for adults, 1 tsp/2-3 hours for children over 1 year.
* Warning: Babies under 1 year old should not have honey.