Do you have a busy schedule that includes ZERO time for getting sick? Right! No one has time for sick days!!
Have you been hearing the buzz that Elderberry syrup is much needed to boost the immune system, prevent viruses and colds? It is TRUE, but this isn’t something NEW, elderberries have been around a long time. Like most natural remedies, elderberries have been used by many over and over again!
“Father of medicine” Hippocrates recognized elders’ gifts as early as 400AD. Not surprisingly, Native American tribes, as well as many people in Northern Africa, Asia and through Europe used Elderberries! Elder was often called the medicine chest of the country folk. The word Elder is derived from ellar or kindler, when the tubes formed from the branches were once upon a time used as pipes for kindling fires. The botanical name for the Elder, Sambucus, is from the Greek word Sambuca, which means wind instrument. Indeed, there was a pan pipe called the Sambuke, which was a musical instrument beloved by the Romans and Greeks. Some Native Americans tribes also used elderberry branches to make flutes, and the tree was sometimes called “the tree of music.”
Elderberries are high in flavonoids aka high in antioxidants. This is what we need to fight viruses, bacteria, and prevent cell damage. Studies also show that this berry decreases swelling in sinuses and nasal congestions!
So Elderberry syrup is great alone, however I love adding Goji Berries and Rose Hips to mine — I will tell you a bit about these too!
The goji berry, also called the wolfberry, is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hope of living longer. Goji berries are also loaded in antioxidants and have been used for cancer prevention, eye health, optimal weight management, and hormone regulation!
Rose Hips are also full of antioxidants and help us prevent disease, boost immune system, and much much more!
I add oils not only for flavor but for to make this syrup even more amazing! Clove is the #1 antioxidant on the ORAC scale! It is potent and powerful, also know to decrease the inflammatory response, and promote healthy cells! Cinnamon is not only tasty but it decreases the inflammatory response and helps support healthy metabolism and healthy blood sugar! Many people use herbs but the essential oils I use are 50-70 times stronger than herbs and so much easier to use!
Honey is what makes this a syrup! The honey will sweeten the drink and thicken it! Needless to say local raw honey is best! Some honey benefits include many that we already discussed like weight management, anticarcinogenic, & promotes healthy blood sugar. However we also know it is amazing for allergies, decreases coughing, and decreasings secretions!
My recipe is a bit sweeter than some, you can tweak your own by using more or less honey and adding more oils for more spice! My kids love this 😋
1/3 cup Dried Organic Elderberries
1/3 cup Dried Organic Gogi Berries
1/3 cup Dried Organic Rose Hips
3 drops of Clove Essential Oil
3 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
2.5 cups of filtered water
1 cup of raw local honey
- Add all ingredients except the oil and honey to Instant Pot.
- Secure and lock the lid in place and close the pressure release
- Manual 20 minutes
- Allow to Naturally Depressurize
- Strain off and discard berries and rose hips (I feed mine to the chickens)
- Allow to cool before mixing in honey and essential oils
- Once cool add oils and honey
- Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 months
Stir before using
I use 1-3 tablespoons daily to prevent and more if illness strikes. Honey is not suggested for ages 2 and under.
My kids always want it warmed up.
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