Monday, December 18, 2017

elderberry syrup recipe

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The fall and winter seasons are my favorites out of the four. I'm one of those rare people that love the snow.

However, there's one thing that I really loathe about the colder months: sickness.

We as a family personally don't believe that there is a "cold and flu season". We think of it more as a season where people are around each other more often, where illness spreads more quickly due to lack of efficient immunity care. 

I plan on publishing a post very soon about all the steps we take to boost our immunity system naturally every month of the year; however, until then, I want to share with you a recipe that we use during the cooler months that is a serious powerhouse at boosting your immune system.

Elderberry syrup.

Here are some of the main benefits of elderberry syrup:

immunity boosting: Elderberries are filled with vitamin A and C, creating a powerhouse for your immune system. They are also filled with bioflavonoids that aid in boosting the immune system by increasing antioxidant levels and combating viruses that damage cell walls.

treats upper respiratory infectionsElderberry syrup makes colds and other upper respiratory symptoms more tolerable by reducing mucous secretions.

improve flu symptoms: Elderberries can aid in decreasing the length and severity of your flu symptoms. According to a study in the Journal of International Medical Research, patients given elderberry syrup recovered an average of four days faster from the flu than those who didn't take the syrup. Elderberries have been shown in the labs to prevent swine and avian flu strains.

Are you on board yet?

Okay, so now that you know why elderberry syrup is so awesome, here's how to make it:

→ 2/3 cup dried elderberries (we buy THESE)
→ 3 and 1/2 cups water
→ 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
→ 1 cup raw honey (we buy THIS ONE)

→ Pour water into a pot and add elderberries and cinnamon powder (not the honey!)
→ Bring to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let simmer for 45-60 minutes. When it's done, water should be about half-less than it was. 
→ When finished, take the pot off the burner and let cool. Once it's cool, mash berries with a fork, then strain into a glass bowl or mason jar using a fine mesh strainer (buy them HERE).
→ Discard elderberries.
→ Add the honey and mix well. Then you're done! Store in the fridge. 

Adults: 1 tablespoon 
Kids one year and older: 1 teaspoon. Do not give to children under one; children under one cannot have honey. Consult a physician for questions about dosing. 

How to use:
If you're not sick: Take the daily recommended dose once a day. We only use this syrup during the cooler months, so we take it daily. If you want to take it year round, it is recommended you only take during weekdays and not weekends to efficiently boost your immune system.
If you're sick with a cold or the flu: Take the daily recommended dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms are gone.

Happy immune boosting!

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Recipe adapted from HERE.

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