I've had so many friends and family that have been getting sick recently and I've had to share our family's secret for keeping healthy and it's
I learned about the amazing powers of Elderberry Syrup (ES) from on friend on Facebook and had to try it out for myself. I knew that my family is usually sick for quite a while around Christmas and I wanted better for my family this year.
I made my first batch of ES in the middle of November and my daughter that is usually sick for weeks on end during the colder months has only had the sniffles for a few days since we started taking ES.
Last year our whole family took a field trip to the doctor's office because my husband was tired of us being sick after we had been battling it for weeks.
My little ones just LOVE the taste of Elderberry Syrup and they decided to call it "purple goo" just to make it easier to say. Now every day they both come to ask for their purple goo.
I just remember all of the trips I had to take last year to the pharmacy to get some MORE medication because we were out. This Mama is proud to say that he haven't needed medication since starting our daily purple goo "shots".
Making Elderberry Syrup takes only a little bit of hands-on time, but it is SO worth the effort!
How to Make Elderberry Syrup
prep time: 7 mins | cook time: 45 mins - 1 hour | cooling time: 30 mins | total: 1 hour & 40 minutes
This simple and easy to make Elderberry Syrup is made with dried elderberries, herbs, and honey for a delicious and immune boosting drink.
Benefits of Elderberry Syrup: ("Benefits of Elderberry Syrup"
section taken directly from Mother's Touch Essentials website with permission)
Nutritional Value of Elderberries
Elderberries are packed with nutrients including minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, and copper, as well as vitamins, such as vitamin A, B, and C, as well as proteins and dietary fiber. Add some of the beneficial organic compounds that function as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents in the body, and you have one powerful berry!
Health Benefits of Elderberries
Elderberries have many health benefits. Let us look at them in detail:
Aid in Digestion
Although most fruits and vegetables can help you hit your fiber goals for the day, few fruits can boast more than 40% of your daily requirements for fiber in a single serving. Elderberries are packed with dietary fiber that can help eliminate constipation, reduce excess gas, and generally increase the health of your gastrointestinal system. Fiber can also help increase the nutrient uptake efficiency in your gut so you get more out of your food!
Improve Heart Health
It seems that heart health and fruits and vegetables go hand in hand, and with good reason. The high fiber levels help eliminate excess cholesterol from the system and make room for HDL cholesterol that the body needs. This can help eliminate the chances of developing atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular issues. The high level of potassium in elderberries also protects the heart by relaxing the tension of blood vessels and arteries. As a vasodilator, potassium can significantly reduce blood pressure and keep your heart healthy!
Improve Respiratory Health
When it comes to clearing up a sore throat, a cough, cold, bronchitis, or any other issue that affects your respiratory system, elderberry juice might be your best choice. Like many cough syrups, they contain active ingredients (bioflavonoids like anthocyanins, to be exact) that can soothe inflammation and irritation and also act as an expectorant and clear out phlegm that can trap foreign agents in your glands. Elderberry juice is even recommended for people with asthma.
It seems like people love to discuss elderberries in relation to their effects on the immune system. They have certain antibacterial and anti-infectious qualities and are very commonly used to ward off influenza during bad seasons where it seems like everyone is catching it. Furthermore, elderberries can protect against the effects of autoimmune disorders, even alleviating certain symptoms and the associated pain of AIDS.
Some of the active antioxidant ingredients in elderberries work directly on the pancreas to regulate insulin and glucose levels, either providing stability for people who suffer from diabetes or helping non-diabetics to avoid developing this terrible condition.
Improve Bone Health
While the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds found in elderberries can help alleviate joint pain and soreness from inflammation, the high levels of essential minerals help promote bone strength and the development of new bone tissue. Osteoporosis is a condition that millions of people face in the later years of their life, but increasing bone density during your younger decades can delay the onset considerably.
Elderberry makes its way into a lot of cosmetic applications, primarily because the bioflavonoids in elderberries can boost your skin health. The antioxidant activity, combined with its significant levels of vitamin A, make elderberries perfect for preventing or lessening wrinkles, helping age spots to fade, and generally improving the glow and tone of your body’s largest and most visible organ!
With the high level of dietary fiber, combined with the metabolism-speeding effects of a solid vitamin and mineral injection, elderberries aid in weight loss. The fiber keeps you feeling full, the low-calorie count doesn’t affect your intake too much, and you also get dozens of other health benefits as well!
Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Elderberry might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using elderberry.
1tsp a day for children and 1 tbsp a day for adults. When sick, take every 3-4 hours until symptoms disappear
Is it safe for pregnant women or when breastfeeding?
There have been no studies done on it because of the liability of testing, but I believe it is. Use your own discretion.
Is it safe for children under 1 since it contains honey?
The reason we are told to avoid giving honey to children under 1 is because the fear of botulism. This is outdated information. Also, botulism cannot survive in raw honey. Therefore it is safe. Again, I am not a doctor, and if you feel more comfortable then you can choose the vegan option.