It’s Time to Make the Elderberry Syrup

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It’s time, my friend…it’s time to make the Elderberry syrup! You’re around a lot more people than usual, you’re out shopping; waiters work even when sick during this high-tip period. It’s up to you to boost your natural immunity. You need to learn to make this Elderberry Syrup recipe. It’s easy!

After the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared, get a saucepan and make this basic syrup. Toss in the ingredients, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Your house will smell awesome, and instead of sending everyone home with leftovers, send them with a bottle of freshly made Elderberry Syrup.

The Quick and Simple Recipe (below) is the easiest. For those near a Natural Grocer, they usually have Dried Organic Elderberries in stock. You only need one cup of these dried Elderberries per serving. I have online links below, just make sure they are organic.

I have two recipes for you. If you make either of these recipes you could boost your immunity, or if you’re sick you could feel better. Elderberry syrup is an old remedy proven to offer cold and flu relief. One clear fact… your house will smell fabulous.

Recipe One is a quick and simple recipe from one of my favorite bloggers Wellness Mama. This is the recipe I make most often.

Recipe Two is deliciously extravagant. It’s from the blog of Mountain Rose Herbs where I purchase a lot of items we use. This is the recipe to indulge yourself, or give as gifts. However, in their blog you will find a simple classic recipe like the one from Wellness Mama. It’s their second recipe, Elderberry Syrup Cockaigne that’s over-the-top decadent.

Although links are attached, you may also find ingredients at most natural food stores.

A Quick and Simple Elderberry Syrup Recipe

From the blog of Wellness Mama

The Ingredient List

2/3–1 cup Organic Dried Elderberries

3 1/2 cups water

1 organic Cinnamon Stick, or 1 heaped teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 heaped teaspoon fresh grated organic ginger or organic Dried Ginger Powder.

Raw local honey

The Preparation Method

  • Combine the berries, herbs and water in a pot and bring to a high boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes, or until original volume is about half reduced.
  • Remove from the heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture.
  • Strain the mixture, squeezing and pressing out the juice.
  • While still warm measure the liquid and add an equal amount of good local honey.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Bottle in a clean glass jar, and refrigerate.

This mixture should keep refrigerated for up to three months (if it lasts that long). Take 1 tablespoon daily to ward off colds and build immunity. If sick, take 1 tablespoon every two-to-three hours. For a child use 1 teaspoon, and read the Wellness Mama Blog linked above.

Decadent Elderberry Syrup Cockaigne

From the Blog of Mountain Rose Herbs

The Ingredient List

1 cup Organic Dried Elderberries If Mountain Rose is out-of-stock, another good source is Frontier Co-Op.

1 teaspoon organic Cinnamon Chips or 2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 teaspoon organic Whole Cloves

1 teaspoon organic Ginger (powder or root) or 2 Tablespoons grated Fresh Ginger

1 tablespoon dried organic Orange Peel or 1/4 cup Fresh Orange Peel

1 tablespoon dried organic Bitter Orange Peel

1 tablespoon organic dried Wild Cherry Bark

1 tablespoon organic dried Rosehips

10 whole organic Cardamom Pods

4–5 cups water

The Preparation Method

  • Combine the berries, herbs and water in a pot and bring to a high boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until original volume is about half reduced.
  • Remove from the heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture.
  • Strain the mixture, squeezing out the juice.
  • While still warm measure the liquid and add an equal amount of good local honey.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Bottle in a clean glass jar, and refrigerate.

This mixture should keep refrigerated for up to three months (if it lasts that long). Take 1 tablespoon daily to ward off colds and build immunity. If sick, take 1 tablespoon every two-to-three hours. For a child use 1 teaspoon, and read the Wellness Mama Blog linked above.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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