Well hello everyone! That long, unannounced hiatus of mine was called the first trimester of pregnancy. I simply had to prioritize taking naps myself while Estella took her naps! AKA – the time I do all my blogging! A lot of things got put on the back burner, but the blog was probably one of the first to go and the last to come back. Sorry! But here I am again, and I have no intention of going 3 months without a post until maybe when the baby arrives in January. A baby arrives in January!! : )
With school season approaching and Fall and Winter coming up faster than we might like to admit, I thought this would be the perfect time to share this recipe for elderberry syrup, a homemade remedy for colds which can also be taken daily as an immune boosting supplement! Read on to hear my experience with it and to get the recipe!
I was introduced to elderberry syrup a couple years back, and after hearing about how this stuff could kick a cold to the curb in no time, I decided to pick up a bottle. Although I had read many reviews, I was still skeptical. It seems that in today’s world where we are so used to modern medicine, it’s hard to believe that anything natural, simple, possible to make in your own kitchen could really work. But since I’m not convinced modern medicine is always the best answer, I figured it was worth a try. My experience? Success! I was amazed by this stuff! When taken properly (we’ll talk about this later on) I have recovered from many colds that had barely gotten started on me! Marshall has had the same success, and now Estella is able to take it as well.
The only problem I was finding was that it was pricey to keep around. Then one day I stumbled across a recipe for it! Although the up-front cost of buying the dried elderberries and the raw honey is higher than buying one bottle of pre-made elderberry syrup, in the long run you get many more ounces of elderberry syrup for your money by making it at home. I had never tried my hand at making “medicine” before, so I was a little bit skeptical. Would this really work as well as the kind I had purchased? Would it be too difficult to keep up with and in the end we’d just never take it because I didn’t want to buy it but couldn’t find the time to make it? I had my doubts.
Well, it turns out that it only requires about 5 minutes of hands-on time, and although it has to simmer for an hour, all you have to do is peek at it every once in a while to make sure it’s still simmering but not boiling too rapidly. In other words, it’s easy.
3 1/2 cups of water
2/3 cup dried elderberries (I buy these online through either Amazon or Vitacost)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of raw, preferably local honey
Add the water, elderberries, and cinnamon into a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and then simmer for an hour. Strain the mixture and discard the elderberries. Add the honey once it has cooled but is still warm, and mix well. Poor into a glass jar with a lid and store in the fridge. Should last for up to 2 months.
Method of taking and dosage
I can’t stress enough how important it is to start taking this at the very first signs of a cold, and taking it consistently until 1 or 2 days after you stop feeling symptoms altogether. If you work outside the home, figure out a way you can bring it with you to work because those 8, 9, or 10 hours away from home could jeopardize the ability of the elderberry syrup to work. That being said, if you forget or are unable to take it at any point during the sickness, don’t just give up. Even if you end up getting a full on cold, it can still help alleviate symptoms and make the cold go away faster.
For Adults: Take 1 tablespoon at a time, every 2 – 3 hours, up to 5 times per day
For Children (no children under the age of 1 due to the honey): Take 1 teaspoon at a time, every 4-5 hours, up to 3 times per day.
If you want to take this as an immunity booster in hopes of preventing colds altogether, take 1 tablespoon for adults or 1 teaspoon for children once per day.
And just to end with a touch of cuteness, here is Estella enjoying a dose as an immunity booster : ). She was insisting she have some after I pulled it out to take pictures for this post. Another bonus is that it tastes great!