Elderberry syrup is a natural daily supplement in our household as soon as cold and flu season starts. We try to use natural remedies for cold and flu season and prefer to make our own when we can. Last year was the first time I made homemade elderberry syrup. I was amazed at how easy and cost effective it was! Elderberry syrup has become a popular natural remedy for cold and flu season. Last fall I went to our local natural food store to buy some. I was shocked to see how expensive it was. Instead of buying some, I came home and decided I was going to make it. I discovered that by buying these dried elderberries I could make homemade elderberry syrup for half the cost of a bottle at the store.
This past summer we found quite a few elderberry bushes growing wild (here’s our post on how to identify and forage for elderberries). We were out picking huckleberries in the mountains but the elderberries aren’t ready to harvest until the fall. Unfortunately this fall we were in the middle of moving into our new homestead and didn’t have time to go harvest elderberries. Next year we plan to wild harvest elderberries so we’ll be able to make our homemade elderberry syrup for little to no cost!
Health Benefits of Elderberry Syrup
Despite being tiny in size, elderberries pack a big, healthy punch. Elderberries are considered an anti-viral natural remedy which is why elderberry products are consumed so readily during cold and flu season. Elderberries are rich in:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
Using Homemade Elderberry Syrup
During cold and flu season, I take 1 Tablespoon of elderberry syrup per day and Little A takes 1 teaspoon. We do this daily as a preventative. When I start feeling sick, I take 1 Tablespoon per hour. Little A takes 1 teaspoon per hour if she is feeling sick.
I make a big jar of homemade elderberry syrup at the beginning of cold and flu season in the fall. This typically lasts our family of three all throughout the cold and flu season. I keep the jar of elderberry syrup in the refrigerator and we take it everyday with our evening meal. Little A loves her “el-beay syup” and will ask for it if I happen to forget to get it out one evening.
How to make homemade elderberry syrup
- Step 1: Place all ingredients except for the honey in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.
- Step 2: Strain the mixture. I place a piece of cheese cloth inside a fine mesh strainer and squeeze as much juice as I can from the cheesecloth. (We use this cheesecloth and this type of strainer)
- Step 3: Add the honey to the juice and stir until mixed well.
- Step 4: Place syrup in a glass jar and refrigerate to use daily. You may also can or freeze the syrup for later use.
Now that you have an easy, homemade recipe for elderberry syrup you can try making your own. You should also try our recipe for making elderberry jelly which is another way to naturally boost Vitamin C. Using homemade natural remedies during cold and flu season is a great way to keep your body naturally healthy for a low cost!
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