What are you doing to boost your immune system during these colder months?
One easy way to do that, outside of chiropractic care, is to incorporate elderberries into daily routine. These berries come from the Sambucus plant and are high in vitamins A, B, and C and also have vast immune-boosting properties. What better way to help beat colds and the flu more quickly? One simple way to consume these amazing berries is through elderberry syrup!
Dr. Axe is one of our go-to resources for living a healthy lifestyle. On his website he has provided 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY in more details! The link can be found below:
Elderberry syrup can be found at stores like Whole Foods; however we have also provided you with a homemade version! Dried elderberries are easy to find in bulk on Amazon, and we recommend purchasing an organic form. Cinnamon and honey found in the recipe below will also help fight off colds and the flu through their own immune-boosting properties!
RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE ELDERBERRY SYRUP:
* 2/3 cup dried elderberries, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen
* 3½ cups purified water
* 2 TBSP fresh or dried organic ginger root
* 1 tsp ground cinnamon
* ½ tsp cloves (or clove powder)
* 1 cup raw local honey
1. Pour water into medium saucepan. Add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
2. Bring to a boil and then cover. Reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
3. Remove from heat and let cool until cool enough to handle.
4. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
5. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
6. Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
7. When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.
8. When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle.
9. Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.