Tasty Anti-Flu Syrup?
Missed getting your flu shot this year? Know that this year’s flu shot is only 10% effective according to the CDC? Got one and got the flu anyway? Want to increase your chances to avoid the flu [with or without the flu shot]? Check out this recipe!
I have seen many recipes for Elderberry syrup, but my favorite which is easy to make and not too expensive is from WellnessMama.com [search bar there will find it and more goodies] Elderberries have high levels of A, B and C. These vitamins as well as the rest of the ingredients in the syrup are fabulous antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. AND it tastes good. So make and enjoy this to ward off the flu and colds or speed your recovery.
Elderberry Syrup: Author: Wellness Mama Recipe type: Remedy Serves: 8+
- ⅔ cup black elderberries [Dr Jill uses dried berries from her bushes or organic dried.]
- 5 cups of water [Dr Jill uses distilled water]
- 2 T fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder [Dr Jill uses one organic cinnamon stick]
- ½ tsp cloves or clove powder
- 1 cup raw honey (we get from our farmer’s market) [Dr Jill gets it from her hives.]
- Pour water into medium saucepan [Dr Jill recommends a porcelain pot not metal] and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl. [Dr Jill uses a jelly bag strainer and squeezes the bag to get all the juice and no seeds.]
- Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized 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.
- Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
Do check out www.wellnessmama.com for more healthy recipes.
More information on the Flu Shot and it’s risks! https://www.healthnutnews.com/abc-experts-say-flu-shot-potentially-caused-the-flu-epidemic-shocker-in-mainstream-no-less/ The flu shot may be promoting the epidemic this year????
When I do not have home grown or wildcrafted organic ingredients, I frequently shop at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com as their products are all organic and they are good people to deal with.