Homemade Elderberry Syrup | Natural Remedy for Cold & Flu | Strengthen Your Immune System
I first discovered elderberry syrup when P got sick when she was 10 weeks old. She had a bad cold! Since she was so little, I didn't want to give her any medication if I could avoid it. Then, a few days later, I got sick :( I also couldn't take anything because I was nursing and didn't want to risk my milk drying up. While they're generally considered safe to take, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, can decrease milk supply. Since I wasn't well established, I definitely didn't want to take the risk!
We did shower steams, saline and Nose Frida, rested, and pushed fluids. I was so determined to find some relief, I went to research other ways I could boost my immune system! I can't stand to not be able to taste my food...it's just not fair!
Before beginning new things, you should check with your healthcare provider. I am just a mom who knows from experience the benefits of this syrup!
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In addition to the syrup, I drank my Green Juice & tried to eat veggies (even though I couldn't taste them). As soon as I started drinking my elderberry syrup, P got better in like 24 hours! It was amazing! That was just because she was nursing and I was drinking it. How cool is that??? Plus, I was better a few days later!! Since that cold, P got sick one more time. I immediately made some Syrup and she only was stuffy for about 2 days! I truly swear by this stuff and will always have some on hand.
They sell some at the store, but it is definitely not as good. It literally tastes like sugar, so there is no way it is as effective. That is a personal opinion lol but still, I prefer to make things myself! I wish I was still nursing so I could provide the benefits for P as she battles Hand Foot Mouth :( But I will be taking it so I don't get this nasty virus!
There are a few things that you need in order to make this recipe. You can order all of the supplies on amazon! You may have some of them already, but make sure you order your elderberries :) The list below is just some hardware you may need - the recipe is down below!
If you have cheese cloth handy, you can use that to squeeze out the berries instead of the lemon sqeezer!
Why should you try a natural approach?
Well, why not? Look, I get it, most people just want to take a quick pill and see their symptoms go away. I like that too! I'm not saying you need to ditch all your medications AT ALL (I'm also not a doctor or medical professional) but there are huge benefits to supporting your immune system and helping your body do it's job. There are several reasons to use natural remedies (even if you use them in addition to your conventional meds!). They are often less expensive and you know exactly what you are putting into your body. There is little to no risk of eating elderberry...so basically, it can only help. Here are some side effects from sudafed.
Here are some beneficial ingredients:
According to webMD, Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body aches. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%. It is full of antioxidants and has been shown to help sinus infections, bronchitis, and allergies!
Raw Local Honey
If you have Farmer's Market nearby, grab some local raw honey! There are benefits for allergy relief, digestive aid, and other vitamins and minerals that can help your body thrive. Just remember, it is not recommended to give honey to babies!
Apple Cider Vinegar
There isn't too much formal research on Apple Cider Vinegar, but it is often used to help with digestion and for it's antimicrobial properties. Plus, I think it gives the syrup a good taste (and I actually hate vinegar LOL!)
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
Makes: Approx. 32 Servings
- 2/3 Cup Dried Elderberry
- 3 1/2 Cup Water
- 1/3 Cup Raw Organic Honey (Local is best!)
- 1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- Optional: 2 Tbsp Dried Ginger Powder
- Optional: 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
- Optional: 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
- Bring water and dried elderberries (and if you want: ginger, cloves, and cinnamon) to a boil. Cover, and let simmer for about 40 minutes when the liquid has reduced to about 1/2.
- After about 40 minutes, remove from heat and let cool. About 15 minutes.
- Use the potato masher to mash up the elderberries, and using a mesh strainer, pour into a large bowl.
- Use the lemon squeezer to squeeze any remaining juice from the elderberries.
- Stir in honey and apple cider vinegar.
- Store in an air tight container (mason jar) in the fridge for up to two months.
- To use: Adults: 1 Tbs a day. During an illness you can take this every few hours. Children: 1 tsp a day.
Comment Below - what are some natural remedies that have worked for you and your family??