We’ve all been really enjoying the gorgeous October. But the days are getting shorter and colder and we’ve noticed people are starting to get sick around us. This is the time when our immune system needs an extra boost and support to get us through the season of less vitamins and more pathogens.
We generally begin to introduce Elderberries in our everyday regiment around this time. Elderberries are immunomodulators and help to prevent flues and colds from taking a hold on our bodies. If we do, however, get sick, they help us recover much faster.
Here are a few studies that show how amazing these Wise Beings (Plants) really are:
One of the easiest ways to incorporate Elderberries into our diet is Elderberry tea as well as Elderberry Syrup. We love both, but I found buying the syrup at health food stores to be quite pricey and I was excited to make plans to finally make our own! It turned out to be way more economical and a whole lot of fun. I love working with herbs and plants, connecting to their properties to extract the medicines that will keep our whole family strong and healthy.
To give you an idea in terms of savings, I purchased 500g of dry Elderberries from Mother Earth for $42 and a jar of honey from Farm Boy for $13. I used only 1 cup of the berries and that is only 90g or $7.56 and almost the whole jar of honey ($10) to make 1 ltr worth of Elderberry Syrup. To compare, 110 ml of Suro Organic Elderberry Syrup at Whole Foods is $19.99. That is 9 times more expensive that what it cost me to make it at home. That is $180 worth of saving!
It feels really good to know that we will not run out of Elderberries this winter and we can all enjoy the medicines in abundance. I remember some winters not having any and giving it all to the kids just because of how pricey it can get.
To be taken to Support the Immune system & When Sick or Getting Sick
1 cup Dry or 2 cups Fresh Elderberries
4 cups of Water
2 Cinnamon sticks
2 cups of Honey
- Make a decoction of berries, water and cinnamon by placing the ingredients in a pot and letting it simmer covered until ½ of the liquid evaporates (about 45 minutes).
- Strain the liquid through a sieve.
- Let the liquid cool and add honey to it. Mix to incorporate.
- Pour into a jar and secure with a lid. Keep in the fridge. It will last the whole winter.
If sick or getting sick, take 1 tsp to 1 tbsp every 1-2 hours.
If taking to support the immune system, take 1 tsp to 1 tbsp once a day.
To be taken to Support the Immune System & When Sick or Getting Sick
1 tsp Dry Elderberries or 2 tsp Fresh
1 tst Dry Elderberry Flowers
1 tsp Dry Yarrow Flowers
1 tsp Dry Peppermint Leaves
1 tsp Honey
250 ml of Boiling Water
Pour Boiling water over all the ingredients and let steep for 10 minutes.
Add Honey and Enjoy!
We drink this tea at least 2-3 times/day.
The ingredients vary but we try to include Elderberries as much as possible. Yarrow is mostly added when getting sick or exposed to people who are sick.
I hope you find this helpful!
Many Blessings to you and your family in this season!