Elderberries are known to help boost the immune system and are a source of Vitamin A and C. For a small bottle at the health food store, you can expect to pay almost $20. I’ve been making this all season and take it numerous times a day whenever we feel something coming on. The kids have only taken this and no over-the-counter medications at all. So far, they’ve only had the sniffles. Thank goodness we can stop whatever was brewing in their tracks.
I’ve played around with the ingredients and so far, I’m loving the current recipe. I adapted it from Wellness Mama and have added some other immune boosting ingredients: garlic and rose hips. You can make elderberry syrup with just elderberries, water, and honey or sugar. So if there’s something you’re missing, don’t worry. The extras will just give your body an additional boost.
Dosage: I don’t have a set dosage to give. I give normally about 2 teaspoons to the 3 year old and 1 teaspoon to the 18 month old about 3 times a day. It’s food, so you can’t over dose on it
Infants under 1 should not ingest honey. You can substitute honey with organic sugar.
- ⅔ cup dried elderberries
- 5 star anise
- 2 TBSP ginger
- 3 cloves chopped garlic
- 6 to 10 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 TBSP rosehips
- 3½ cup water
- 1 cup raw honey
- Add all ingredients in a pot.
- Simmer on medium high until the water has reduced to half.
- Let liquid cool down to warm and then stir in honey.