I was first introduced to Elderberry Syrup by my awesome friend, Brandy. We began taking it last year through the winter months and we started again this year. Brandy is more resourceful than me and she goes out each year to gather her elderberries. So far, I haven’t been able to find them on our family farm – but my hopes are high! If you have the opportunity, try to gather your own elderberries.
Why do we take elderberry supplements? To boost our immunity – and because Stacy just likes saying elderberry. The benefits of elderberries are many – unless you’re talking to the FDA…then you have to cover your butt and say that they’re pretty much good for nothing. Ahem.
Elderberries help fight:
I purchased my berries from More Than Alive but they no longer have any in stock. So, I scoured the web for you guys to see where you might be able to buy some. Dried berries are available from multiple sellers on Etsy and on Amazon.
We take homemade elderberry syrup daily to boost our immunity – Barry and I take one tablespoon and Annie takes 1 teaspoon. If we’re stick, we take that amount about every hour (when we can remember) to kick our cold to the curb.
This particular recipe uses honey to make it more “syrupy.” Adding raw honey only increases the benefits of this wonderful concoction. Honey is great for sore throats and all sorts of other ailments –including allergies. Add the honey after the syrup has cooled a bit so the honey doesn’t get too hot.
In case you’re wondering, raw honey is just honey that hasn’t had any processing – and try to buy it locally so that you get the allergy benefit. I go through a LOT of raw honey.
I’ve made this recipe using a variety of several other recipes around the web. We like the flavor of this one because of the added blueberries – it’s very tasty!
Elderberry syrup will keep about 3 months in the fridge, but I rarely keep mine around that long – I just make up another batch of this as I run out.
If you think “Good grief, Stacy. I just don’t have time to gallivant around the countryside trying to find elderberries. And if I had dried berries, I couldn’t make this syrup because I’m afraid of being injured by popping blueberries and I’m secretly afraid of turning on my stove.” If that’s you, guess what? Never fear!
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
1 cup dried elderberries
½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
3 cups water
¾ cup RAW honey
Bring elderberries, blueberries, and water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 45 minutes.
Using a fine mesh strainer, strain liquid out into a bowl. Using the back of a spoon, press lightly on berries to get all the liquid out. Make a mess to make Stacy feel better about herself.
Cool mixture slightly and then add honey. Stir to dissolve. Pour into storage bottle and cool completely before refrigerating. Mixture will keep for 3 months in fridge.
Take 1 tablespoon daily to boost immunity for adults – 1 teaspoon for children
If sick, take that same amount hourly.
Yield: about 2 cups