Elderberry Syrup for Winter Wellness
Try making this elderberry syrup at home! This will make a large batch to fill a 16oz mason jar.
Elderberries have gained recognition for their potential impact on the immune system. These dark purple berries are rich in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids and anthocyanins, which have been shown to have immune-boosting properties. Elderberry extracts and syrups are often used as natural remedies to help reduce the severity and duration of colds and flu by supporting the body’s immune response.
DIY Elderberry Syrup
- 1 cup of dried elderberries (you can get these at some health food stores or online through private sellers)
- 4 cups of water
- ½ – ¾ cup honey (raw and unfiltered, preferably local to your area), add more if needed.
- Cinnamon Stick or herbs of your choice (echinacea and rosehip are great options)
- Vitality essential oils (some of our favorites: Frankincense Vitality, Thieves Vitality, Cinnamon Bark Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit vitality, Ginger Vitality)
- Add the elderberries and water to a large saucepan. Bring to boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat and allow the berries to simmer for about an hour (the goal is to have the amount of liquid in the pan half in size, this can take 60+ minutes).
- Add your choice of herbs. Once liquid has halved in sized, remove from heat and let cool.
- Separate the berries into a strainer and mash them while collecting the juice. You can do this with a spoon or a spatula, but the key is to catch the elderberry juice that comes from the berry. Once mashed, discard remaining berries.
- Let the liquid cool and gently stir in the honey and essential oils.
- Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
1 tsp daily for children
1 tbsp daily for adults
See More on these Vitality Oils
Cinnamon Bark Vitality Essential Oil
Frankincense Vitality Essential Oil
Ginger Vitality Essential Oil
Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil
Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
Thieves Vitality Essential Oil
This post first appeared in the Young Living Training and Education Group