I had a make and take at the house a few weeks ago. We had so much fun catching up with each other and talking health and wellness. We made elderberry syrup. I had been to a friend’s house last year and watched her make some. That is when I started taking a teaspoon every day. Elderberries are rich in minerals and vitamins. They are also a great source of dietary fiber.
What are some reasons to take elderberry syrup?
- to keep your immune system strong
- for improved bowel function
- to build your immune system back up after an illness
- to help shorten the duration of an illness
According to medicalnewstoday.com, a cup of elderberries contains the following vitamins and minerals: 870 milligrams of vitamin A, 406 milligrams of potassium, 52.2 milligrams of vitamin C, 9 milligrams of folate, 55 milligrams of calcium, and 2.32 milligrams of iron.
I purchased a 1 pound bag of freeze-dried elderberries and some raw honey. I also set out several Young Living vitality oils to add in for extra support. It is really easy. I loosely followed a recipe from thedroppery.com. I will post what I did below and also the link to the recipe I followed.
Here is what I used:
1 cup of elderberries
4 cups of purified water (I have a Berkey)
2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (add more or less to taste)
Young Living vitality oils (orange, lemon, thieves, clove, ginger, cinnamon, etc…)
Why put Young Living vitality essential oils in?
Well for one, flavor. If you want a kick, you could put in cinnamon, clove, or thieves. If you would like for it to have a citrus flavor, orange or lemon would be good. Another reason to add vitality essential oils is for the added health benefit. Clove, for instance, is a super strong antioxidant, so it is a great immune system support. Cinnamon is high in trans-cinnamaldehyde. Research it. Good stuff. Lemon is a great source of vitamin C and D-limonene. Orange is another immune system boosting oil.
- Add 1 cup of elderberries to 4 cups of boiling water.
- Simmer on stove for 45 minutes until the liquid has been reduced by half.
- Remove from the stove and allow to cool until just warm enough for the honey to melt. This will preserve the properties of the honey and essential oils.
- Strain berries through a fine mesh strainer.
- Pour into glass containers. (We used 8 ounce mason jars)
- Add in honey (or maple syrup, if using) and vitality essential oils
Store in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Adults take 1 tsp a day, children 1/2 tsp a day.
Here is the link to the recipe that was used at the first elderberry making class I went to.