I’ve been making elderberry syrup for years and have recently noticed it popping up on store shelves more and more. At this point I’m sure you’ve heard of elderberry syrup but do you know why it’s so popular?
Elderberry syrup is an amazing supplement to add to your wellness routine. I’ve been taking a tablespoon a day when I’m on the up and every couple hours when I feel like my body needs a boost.
The list of benefits of elderberry syrup is long but a few that I find most notable are-
- High in antioxidants
- Contains vitamins that support the immune system
- May prevent or ease cold and flu symptoms
You can find the rest of the elderberry benefits list over at webmd.
Here’s the recipe I use every time I make elderberry syrup. I like to make my own because I can control exactly what goes into it. For example I use organic elderberries, raw local honey and essential oils.
This elderberry syrup recipe makes 1-3 cups worth of syrup which will last you a long time since the recommended daily dose is only 1-2 tablespoons! Yes, the amount varies depending on how long you simmer the berries and how much liquid comes out when you “juice” them.
Oh and one fun thing to do with the elderberry syrup is to make elderberry gummies! We’ll do that next time 🙂
- Mesh Strainer
- Glass Bottle
- 3 1/2 cups Filtered Water
- 2/3 cup Organic Dried Elderberries
- 1 cup Raw Organic Local Honey
- Vitality Oils- Frankincense, Thieves, Orange
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries (do not add honey or EOs)
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
- When the water has reduced by half, remove from heat and let cool.
- When cool enough to handle pour liquid through a mesh strainer over a glass bowl. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil to remove all the liquid.
- Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
- When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey, and 1-3 drops of each essential oil and stir well.
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
Cheers to wellness!