A great immune booster with added herbs to help with cough and congestion.
Store bought syrups just don’t seem to work for my children. They either don’t like the taste or I see no effect. Since my youngest has a sore throat today I decided to make my own syrup.
Typically these syrups are taken during cold and flu season to boost immunity. They are typically just elderberries, honey, cinnamon, ginger and clove. I added some herbs to help with coughs and congestion, making it perfect for when feeling ill as well.
Elderberry immune boosting syrup recipe
- 1/4 Cup dried elderberries
- 1 Cup glitter or distilled water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- Dash ginger powder
- Dash clove powder
- 1/4 teaspoon loose dried chamomile flowers
- 1/4 teaspoon loose mashmallow root (powder or Whole)
- 1/4 teaspoon loose dried echinacea
- 1/4 teaspooon loose dried mullein
- 1/4 Cup raw local honey
Mix all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes, until liquid has been reduced down to 1/2 or 3/4. The more it’s the reduced the thicker it will be.
Remove from heat and strain. Press on the berries to take out the excess liquid.
Allow to cool until just warm to the touch. If it’s too hot it will kill the enzymes and good properties in the honey.
Mix in the honey.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
Take 1 teaspoon daily for immune boosting or 3x a day if feeling sick.
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