Published by Womb and Wellness LLC
As the cold weather sets in and the days grow shorter, we turn our attention to warm hearty soups, bone broths and medicinal herbal syrups. For many, elderberry syrup is a seasonal favorite. It has natural and effective properties that make this dark purple syrup a popular choice for those looking to boost their immune system and stay healthy. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of elderberry syrup and how to incorporate it into your daily routine.
What is Elderberry Syrup and How Does it Work?
Elderberry syrup is a dark purple liquid made from the berries of the elderberry plant, scientifically known as Sambucus nigra. It has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for various ailments. Elderberry syrup works by providing the body with a range of beneficial compounds such as, vitamins A, B, and C, as well as minerals like potassium and iron, which are essential for overall health and immune function.
Benefits of Elderberry Syrup
There are several benefits to incorporating elderberry syrup into your daily routine:
- Immune Support: Elderberry syrup is known for its immune-boosting properties. It can help strengthen the immune system and reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu.
- Antioxidant Power: The antioxidants in elderberry syrup can help protect the body against oxidative stress and inflammation, which are linked to various chronic diseases.
- Respiratory Health: Elderberry syrup has been traditionally used to support respiratory health. It can help soothe coughs, reduce congestion, and promote overall lung function.
- Heart Health: The anthocyanins in elderberries have been shown to have cardiovascular benefits, including reducing blood pressure and improving blood vessel function.
How to Incorporate Elderberry Syrup into Your Routine
Adding elderberry syrup to your daily routine is simple and can be done in a variety of ways. Here are a few suggestions:
- Take it straight: One of the easiest ways to consume elderberry syrup is to take it directly by the spoonful. This allows for quick absorption and immediate immune support.
- Mix it in beverages: Elderberry syrup can be added to your favorite hot or cold beverages. Whether it's a cup of herbal tea or a refreshing glass of lemonade, the syrup blends seamlessly, adding a touch of sweetness and immune-boosting properties.
- Drizzle it over food: Get creative in the kitchen by drizzling elderberry syrup over your breakfast oatmeal, yogurt, or pancakes. The syrup's rich flavor adds a delightful twist to your meals while providing a boost to your immune system.
How to Make Elderberry Syrup at Home
Making elderberry syrup at home is a simple and cost-effective way to ensure you have a fresh supply throughout the cold weather season. Here's a step-by-step guide that does not use vodka or brandy as a preservative:
- Start by gathering the following ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cup dried organic elderberries
- 3 1/2 cups natural spring water
- 2 tablespoons fresh organic ginger (grated)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup raw, local honey (For: vegan/infant-friendly--sub organic maple syrup, and increase by 1/2 cup)
- In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the elderberries, water, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the liquid has reduced by half.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Using a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the liquid into a glass jar or bottle. Squeeze remaining liquid from cheesecloth. (careful, liquid will still be hot!). Discard used herbs in compost.
- Once the liquid has cooled to room temperature, stir in the honey until it is well combined.
- Store the elderberry syrup in the refrigerator for up to three months.
Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before adding elderberry syrup to your routine, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.
*Please note: This recipe is NOT suitable for little ones under the age of one year old, if made with honey. Honey acts as a natural preservative as well as a sweetener. However, because of a rare condition called infantile botulism, if you’re planning to share your syrup with a very little one, you need to substitute maple syrup for the honey, and be sure to keep it in the refrigerator.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. For educational purposes only.
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