Shorter days, more inside time and colder weather take a toll on the immune system. Elderberry syrup can help with immune support and has been shown to shorten the duration and severity of illnesses. It is a tart and tasty supplement that is easy to make.
- 4oz Dried Black Elderberries
- 4 c Water
- 2 tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger
- 1 1/2 c Molasses or Raw Honey
- Add water, berries and honey to a pot and bring to a boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for 45-60 mins.
- Strain mixture into a jar (discarding the berries and ginger root) and allow to cool.
- Once cool, add molasses or raw honey.
This blend will be slightly different from the store bought varieties. The amount taken will be the same (1tsp for maintenance, 2 tsp for active illness). The molasses contains minerals like magnesium and iron as well as B vitamins. The local, raw honey can also provide allergy support. It just depends on your needs and taste desires. Molasses can be an acquired taste. But either way, you will have something that will help your family through cold and flu season.