Winter is in full swing. While an optimal diet can boost the immune system and ward off viruses, most everyone comes down with a seasonal illness at some point. One of our favorite immune boosters is homemade elderberry syrup. Elderberries are very high in bioflavonoids, vitamin C and antioxidants. It’s a powerhouse.
Essential Elderberry Syrup
1/2 cup dried organic elderberries (you can harvest and use 1 cup of fresh)
3 cups water
1 cup raw local honey
Boil water. Add elderberries and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Mash the berries or put through a sieve to release all of the juice. Strain the mixture. Let cool and stir in the honey. Ass essential oils for flavoring. Will keep for 2-3 months in the fridge.
For preventative use, take 1 tablespoon daily. When fighting an illness or when a power immune boost is needed, take 1 tablespoon every 3-4 hours.
You can purchase elderberry syrup at your local health food store. Expect to pay up to $20 a bottle. Making your own syrup is a very simple remedy and an inexpensive way to nourish your body. And it’s quite tasty, too.