Ever wonder why you made such a big fuss about something…
…which turned out to be really simple after all?
This is my story of making elderberry syrup!
As much as possible, I try to use natural remedies in caring for sicknesses and general illnesses.
Modern healthcare definitely holds a place in this home, and still, our family has experienced great results of healing our bodies without too many external interventions. I’m an advocate for a natural remedy whenever possible!
Last year, I wanted to make this simply elderberry syrup.
It just slipped my mind honestly, but I also avoided tackling the recipe (may I remind you it is really, really simple!?) Far more complicated meals or entrees have been conquered in my kitchen!
Anyway, last week, the making of elderberry syrup found its way into my schedule…and voila! Syrup for days.
Well, at least for a few weeks.
According to the book Healing Foods by DK, elderberries
- help fight colds and the flu
- strengthen immunity
- may help relieve lung and nasal congestion
- serve as a gentle detox (mild diuretic effect)
You can find elderberry syrup over the counter, but it can be quite expensive for a small bottle.
This YouTube video below outlines the simple ingredients needed to make your own syrup:
In total, I spent less than $12.00 to make about 32 ounces of syrup. Where I live, an 8 oz bottle costs around $9-$12 depending on the brand. The recipe can also use fresh elderberries by increasing the quantity.
The children will take about 1/2 Tbsp per day, and I plan about 1 Tbsp; this is not a recommended dose, just our own family plan!
Natural Cold & Flu Remedies
Keeper of the Home has an excellent post with links to over 30 natural cold remedies if you’re looking for more information! Some favorites: 10 Must-Have Ingredients to Help with Your Kid’s Cough and DIY Immune Boosting Herbal Tea.
I am hoping the cold and flu season doesn’t hit our home too hard!