Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tis the Season!

The girls got a bit of a nasty cough last's been going around. Seems like everyone has it. I really wanted to beat this thing and get healthy again!

I had been reading about elderberries and how awesome they are!
Full of antioxidants
More vitamin C than oranges 
High in vitamin A
Antiviral-shown to treat cold and flus

Time to make some of this awesome stuff! The recipes are all over pinterest...and are pretty much the same. Since we were fighting colds we took the dosage for when sick. It honestly really works! Definitely going to keep this stuff on hand this cold and flu season! The girls love it too! It really does taste good! Which is an added bonus!

The recipe I used:

Elderberry Syrup


2/3 cup dried elderberries {got mine here}
3 1/2 cups water
2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root {find it here}
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves {didn't have any on hand so omitted it}
1 cup raw honey {added later}

Directions: Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey yet, because the heat will destroy many of its medicinal benefits)
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 bowl. Discard elderberries and let liquid cool to lukewarm {I took the elderberries and pureed them to use in smoothies}. When cooled add honey and stir well. When honey is well mixed, pour the syrup into a pint sized jar. Store in refrigerator and will last for several months. 

AND you're DONE!

Standard dose is 1 tsp for kids and 1 Tbsp for adults. If the cold or flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear. We also added it on top of pancakes and waffles this week! Yummy!

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