With all this running around the stress is taking its toll on me and I am not trying to get sick but I have a secret. Well not a secret but a great benefit that should be a staple in your immune boosting routines.
Last November I was in and out of urgent care for colds and viruses with my two boys. My pediatrician recommended Elderberry Syrup when I had my first son two years ago but now that the kids are in school, sickness is inevitable.
I took the advice of my pediatrician and began giving them Elderberry Syrup. Y’all not one sniffle since Christmas. I admit I began to slack up with the daily doses but I kept up with the routine. It even helped with my son’s allergies. Some allergies cause mucous and mucous is caused by inflammation in the respiratory lining. Elderberry syrup reduces inflammation as well.
So I swear by this. I’ve made three batches for Moms at our school and they are amazed at the benefits too. Read about Elderberry benefits here.
So to my recipe.
*****Please consult a physician before taking this syrup or giving to your kids. If you have an autoimmune disease you should not take elderberry as it can cause an active immune system.
The recipe is super simple just five ingredients:
The fifth ingredient is distilled water.
– Add all the ingredients to a pot with 8 cups of spring water.
– Bring ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes then let simmer for an hour until it is a thick consistency. I usually make it in a crock pot so I let it cook for about 8 hours but if you’re boiling you will have to add water as it reduces with cooking.
– Once finished mash the mixture with a potato masher and strain.
– Add 1 cup of raw honey if you are using to the syrup mixture. I substitute with pure maple syrup for my toddlers.
*****Do not give babies/infants/toddlers raw honey. Consult with your physician/pediatrician.
– Store in a mason jar and refrigerate for up to two months. You can take 1-2 tbsp daily and for kids 5ml (1tsp) daily. If you have the flu or cold already up to three times daily.
You can buy this syrup at your local health food stores. I’ve seen it at Whole Foods as well but it runs anywhere between $15-$19 for a bottle that will last a about two weeks depending on how often and how many people will be taking it. I preferred to buy the Elderberry flowers in bulk and make it. Sevananda Natural Foods Market here in Atlanta is where I purchased mine. I can make a bigger batch and it last for months.
Even if you have the cold or flu Elderberry can shorten the lifespan of the virus within 48-72 hours which can last up to six days.
What are some of your remedies to boost you or your kids immune system?
*****the opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents!*****