It's that time of year when everyone is getting sick, the lady to your left on the subway is coughing uncontrollably and the man on your right is sneezing up a storm. To make matters worse, the CDC has said that this year's flu vaccine is less effective than in years past. Your options are:
A) hide under your covers until April
B) douse yourself in antibacterial gel
C) make your own flu and cold prevention remedy
If you picked C, continue reading for instructions on how to make elderberry syrup and gummies. In our small test population, adults and kids were split over which one was their favorite.
Elderberry syrup can be used as a preventative measure to avoid getting sick in fall and winter months and it can be used during an active cold or flu in more frequent doses. Elderberries are rich in Vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants like quercitin. They have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties too. We included ingredients like ginger, cinnamon and raw honey to increase efficacy. Please note that raw honey should NOT be consumed by anyone under the age of one years old.
1 C dried, organic elder berries
4 C filtered water
1 cinnamon stick
1" nob of fresh ginger
raw honey to taste
2 Tbs grassfed gelatin
- place the elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves and ginger into a sauce pan and bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
- reduce heat to medium and maintain a gentle boil for 30 minutes uncovered.
- using a potato masher or similar tool, mash the elderberries until macerated.
- strain the liquid and discard the elderberries.
- once cooled a bit, add as much raw honey as you like until it tastes good to you. If you are using raw honey, you will benefit from it's anti microbial properties too!
- place the Elder Syrup in a glass jar or bottle and store in the fridge for up to 3 months.
- To make the gummies, warm 1 cup of Elder Syrup gently (do not boil) and add 2 Tbs of grassfed gelatin. Be sure to use a whisk or a fork to mix as you slowly sprinkle the gelatin in. Once combined, pour into mini molds and place in the refrigerator. Elder Gummies should be stored in the refrigerator.
NOTE: Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.This information and/or this recipe should not replace the instructions or recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.