A Miller Household Staple - Elderberry Syrup
Posted on February 26 2019
I am by no means a perfect mom. However, like any other mom I will always try to do what I feel is best for my children. In our household, Elderbrry Syrup is a staple year round and here is why.
Remillie (my 2nd born) puts my anxiety thru the ringer. A few weeks ago we attended a local farm show. She was casually chewing her tootsie pop when it fell of the floor. Yes, the gross cattle show ring floor. Before I could even get a syllable out of my mouth she picked it up and popped it back in. Yes, I gagged and said a little prayer under my breath.
Mom's we can't control everything our children do. We can however do our best to keep their little immune systems and ours strong. For the reason above and many more, elderberry syrup is a staple in our household. I chose to make my own and will share that recipe with you below. I also understand that not everyone has the time or desire to make their own. For mom's looking for a fast option, I have personally used this brand in my home: https://bit.ly/2EzkkUt .
How to make your own
To make you own we personally use this recipe from Wellness Mama :(
- 3½ cups water
- 2/3 cup black elderberries (dried, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen)
- 2 TBSP ginger (grated)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup raw honey
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.
Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.
When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
Ta-da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.