Fall is upon us and with that comes the first of many colds and germs being passed around. My son had a tough bout last year. He is prone to ear infections and as soon as that nose starts running I’m on high alert. We turn to our essential oils for so many things and keeping above the wellness line is hands down one of them.
So this year I decided to whip up a batch of elderberry syrup. Say what? Yea I had no idea either until I kept hearing about it. Elderberries are rich in vitamins A, B and C and are used in traditional cold and flu remedies. And they’ve been used for hundreds of years! They are known to be high in antioxidants and are filled with vitamins and nutrients. Note, they shouldn’t be eaten raw.
For our syrup we used:
Organic Elderberries (we got them on Amazon)
Local raw honey from our farmer’s market
Essential Oils (we only use Young Living) we used Thieves, Nutmeg and Clove
Glass jars like these or these
Here is how you make it:
2/3 cup dried black elderberries
3 1/2 cups of water
YL Vitality Essential oils (we used Thieves, Nutmeg and Clove but you could also use Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Frankincense, Orange)
1 cup local raw honey (from our farmer’s market)
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries
Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. Then, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully and pour through a strainer into a bowl.
Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add the honey, and a drop of each essential oil you’d like to add and stir well.
Now, syrup can be misleading because it is still very liquid at this point. You can add cornstarch to thicken it up if you like! Pour the syrup into a glass container that seals tight and store in the fridge.
I mix 1 tsp (for the kids) or 1T (for the adults) in with smoothies and we take it once or twice a week as a preemptive measure. The kids would not drink this on its own although I’ve heard of people putting it on pancakes, etc. My kids can be picky eaters so I just hide it and they have yet to notice. If we start to feel sick or feel a cold coming on I’ll give it to them daily until they’re feeling better. As the weather cools I’ll probably add mine to a cup of tea and see how that tastes.
And if your kids won’t do the syrup or you’re just not feeling a DIY, these gummies should do the trick!