Being a natural nut has turned me into something of a forager. My husband's family has a cabin in a picturesque woodland located in Summit County, Utah, and the Summer always provides an abundance of wild elderberries. During our visits this past year, I carried my baby on my back and a little metal pail which I filled with hundreds of these tiny berry powerhouses. I was introduced to these berries roughly three years ago, by my father in law, and I had yet to learn how amazing they were. I learned a great deal more about them in school, including the fact that they are incredible for the immune system. A few months later, while doing some research for work, I discovered that their powerful antioxidant properties may benefit the macula and lessen the risk of age-related macular degeneration. So if you have access to an abundance of these little berries, you better snatch them up!
My goal was to take a little bit of my harvest every day to strengthen my immune system and gear me up for winter. This syrup is taken just like a cough syrup, but is so much more enjoyable. If you don't have access to fresh elderberries, you can buy them dehydrated from most health food stores and it will have the exact same affect. The foraging is just pure, added fun!
1/2 C dehydrated elderberries or 1 C fresh elderberries
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 C raw honey (if you want to give this to kids under 1 year of age, use pure maple syrup)
2 C water
In a medium sauce pan, add elderberries, water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and ginger, then bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low boil and cover until the mixture is reduced to half. Once mixture is reduced, strain liquid from the elderberries and pour liquid into a mason jar and mix with raw honey or maple. Store in the fridge and take a tablespoon everyday for 2 weeks.
By taking this syrup everyday for 2 weeks, you will be tastefully boosting your immune system with powerful antioxidants and raw honey that will act as a natural antibacterial with antibiotic properties. Get back to nature and get making this perfect blend of natural, medicinal syrup.
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Kyli is studying to be a holistic practitioner and is a certified wellness coach. her love for health blossomed when she was diagnosed with crohn's disease at age 12 and has really taken off the last 4 years as she's studied food and the relationship it has with our bodies. she is currently a stay at home mom, health blogger, and working toward her phd in natural medicine. visit www.cleaneatingisthenewpink.com to find out more.