Strengthen your immune system with this homemade Elderberry Syrup!
2 Cups Dried Elderberries (Great source found HERE)
4 Cups of Kangen 9.5 pH water
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Nub of Fresh Ginger, peeled
1 Cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
2 Cups Raw Honey (Local is best)
Bring elderberries, water, cinnamon sticks and ginger to a boil. Reduce and simmer on low for 1 hour then let the mixture thoroughly cool. Take a potato masher and press the elderberries to release all their liquid goodness. Then, strain the liquid and set aside. In another bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar and raw honey together until combined. Add the vinegar/ honey mixture to the elderberry syrup and Voila, you have a wonderful immune boosting syrup rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and gut healing nutrients!
Recipe yields approximately 4-5 cups of Elderberry Syrup. Stores for up to 8 months in the refrigerator.
Children- 1 teaspoon
Adults- 1 Tablespoon
To shorten the duration of cold or illness, take every 2 hours when symptoms arise.
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Excerpts from The ABC Herbal
Both elderflowers and dried Elderberries contain substances which ease inflammation and pain. Dried Elderberries soothe the intestines and have been used for all inflammatory bowel diseases. They have a very gentle laxative action, which may explain their decongestant properties. They also have a mild tonic action to help arrest diarrhea. Many other herbalists besides myself have observed a strong connection between bowel problems and respiratory congestion. There also appears to be a strong connection between bowel obstructions and fevers in children.
From Bulk Herb Store’s Reading and/or Experience…
- Dried Elderberries are a food, and thus we keep it in the kitchen. Though they are not as moist or as sweet as raisins, we add them to many food recipes as we do raisins (hot cereals, vegetable dishes, stir-fry, waffles and pancakes and granola).
- It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing) and children.
- It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
- As is the case with most dried fruit, Dried Elderberries should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. These suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.