How to Make Elderberry Syrup
Are you feeling a little under the weather or just want to prepare for the cold weather months? You may want to consider making some elderberry syrup. This natural remedy is a great way to help fight off any infections. In this blog post, I'll show you how to make elderberry syrup using just a few simple ingredients. So, if you are looking for an easy and affordable way to fight off the winter ickies, be sure to give this recipe a try!

Elderberry syrup is said to have many health benefits, including supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation. Additionally, elderberries are high in antioxidants and vitamins A and C.  I've been using it as part of our wellness regimen for years!  I like to make big batches and it keeps well in the refrigerator.  (I have a big family, so I always think big - this recipe can be doubled and tripled.)

It’s easier than you think to make your own elderberry syrup! In just a few simple steps, you can create this natural remedy that can help support your immune system. Plus, it tastes great too! Keep reading for all the details. . . .

1.  What You'll Need
To make elderberry syrup, you'll need:
- 1 cup of dried elderberries.  Find my favorite here.
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of raw honey (local is best, but if you can't find any, here is my favorite online.)
- 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger (or chunked if you want to save your knuckles)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
- 1 lemon sliced with skin on
- 1 drop each of Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil, Clove Vitality essential oil, Ginger Vitality essential oil, Lemon Vitality essential oil, Thieves Vitality essential oil.  Find these here, they add a kick!

2.  Add the elderberries, cinnamon stick, cloves, fresh ginger, lemon slices, and water to a pot and bring to a boil.
Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by half.
To save time, you can cook the syrup in a slow cooker/crockpot on low for about 6 hours.

3.  Remove from heat and strain.
Remove the pot from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.

4.  Add the honey and essential oils.
Add the honey and essential oils to the strained mixture and stir until well combined.

5.  Store in a glass jar.
Pour the syrup into a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to a year. (If it goes in super hot - the jar may seal on its own.)

6.  Enjoy!
Elderberry syrup can be taken daily as a preventative measure, or at the first sign of illness. For adults, take 1 tablespoon per day. For children over 2 years old, take 1 teaspoon per day. If you're taking it for illness, you can take up to 3 tablespoons per day.  I like to add the elderberry to the antioxidant Ningxia Red.  I mix the two, add a little water, and that's what I give my kids every day there is a need for it. 

Moms, now's your chance to make your own home remedy, and save some money! It's a natural way to boost your immune system, the recipe easy to follow, and it's also delicious! So why not give it a try? Thanks for reading!
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