Elderberry

It took me a few years to really understand the fact that in order to have good health you have to invest in it. Sure saying that makes sense but what I mean by understanding it is that you really have to be willing.

You have to be willing to commit to feeding your body well and trusting that it knows exactly what to do if you give it the proper foundation. For me and my family I learned the benefits of Elderberry Syrup just about a year and a half ago. I purchased one bottle at Whole Foods then a friend shared a homemade recipe and I never went back. It’s easy, you know what’s in it, its cost effective, my kids all love it and IT WORKS!!

I love making it for friends, wellness and sharing are two passions of mine so being able to combine them together makes my heart skip a beat. Have you ever made some? I’d love to hear what you add to yours. Or I’d love to make you a batch and teach you how.

The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too. -webMD

Plus, they have many nutritional benefits. Elderberries are:

High in vitamin C: There are 6–35 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit, which accounts for up to 60% of the recommended daily intake (3, 4).

High in dietary fiber: Elderberries contain 7 grams of fiber per 100 grams of fresh berries, which is over one-quarter of the recommended daily intake (4).

A good source of phenolic acids: These compounds are powerful antioxidants that can help reduce damage from oxidative stress in the body (4, 5).

A good source of flavonols: Elderberry contains the antioxidant flavonols quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. The flowers contain up to 10 times more flavonols than the berries (4).

Rich in anthocyanins: These compounds give the fruit its characteristic dark black-purple color and are a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects

-healthily

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Ingredients

2/3 cup dried black elderberries, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen

3½ cups water

2 TBSP fresh or dried ginger root

1 tsp cinnamon powder or cinnamon bark essential oil 2 drops then add according to taste

½ tsp cloves or clove powder or clove oil 2 drops then add to taste

1 cup raw organic honey .

Instructions

Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.

Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.

Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.

Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.

When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.

When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.

Ta-da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.

I buy my elderberries on amazon from Frontier Co Op or Starwest.

Store in fridge and give anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon everyday or every other day. I also double up the recipe good for 6 months in fridge.

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