By Golda Smith
I have embraced living as naturally as possible for many years. This is the woman that delivered both of her babies at home…that means no epidural! If I can do that then I figure I can pretty much do anything. Since I began my studies in herbal medicine for women I have been cooking and mixing up a plethora of healing goodies.
This past weekend I decided to prepare my own elderberry syrup because quite frankly, I got tired of spending upwards of $20 for 8 little ounces. Crazy right?! After a little research (thanks YouTube) I realized that I already had all the ingredients in my kitchen. I was ready to rock because I sincerely believe that prevention is much better than treatment.
If you’ve never had or heard of elderberry, let me share some of the benefits with you:
- They are loaded with Vitamins A & C and high in antioxidants
- Helps improve heart health
- Helps to boost the immune system
- Eases allergies, treats cold and flu symptoms
- and it aids in beautiful skin
Today, I’m sharing my quick and easy elderberry syrup recipe so that you can prepare some for your family and keep your immune systems strong all winter long.
½ Cup dried elderberries
2 Cups water
1 T thinly sliced ginger
1 Cinnamon stick
5 Pieces clove
1 Cup raw honey
- Place the first five ingredients into a small sauce pan with medium heat and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat, cover your sauce pan and reduce the liquid by one half (approximately 20-25 minutes).
- Once you have the one half reduction, remove the sauce pan from the heat and let cool completely.
- Once the liquid is completely cool you may stir in the raw honey.
- Bottle and enjoy BUT first get a table spoon and do a quality control taste test 🙂
Your elderberry syrup should last about two weeks in your refrigerator. Warning…because this product contains honey, it should not be given to children less than one or two years old. You can substitute maple syrup in place of raw honey if you’ll be giving to children under two years.This was my first time preparing this and it won’t be my last. I take a tablespoon and my children get a teaspoon each morning and evening. If you are thinking of unique holiday gift ideas, this might be the one. I’m seriously thinking of gifting a few bottles.
Now it’s your turn. How do you keep your family healthy during the winter months? Drop a comment below and if you decide to make yourself some elderberry syrup using this recipe please take a photo and use the hashtag #CookingWithGolda so I can find it.
Yours in health and wellness,