Elderberries are a wonderful way to boost your immune system and help keep those "ickies" at bay. They help to protect against infections and bacteria, are packed full of vitamins and minerals, as well as being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Combining it with Rose Hips for a boost of vitamin C, and Raw Honey (local of course) is a great way to provide a fully rounded addition to your winter cold and flu season arsenal. We use it through out the winter, but just any time we are getting that run down, "I think I'm getting it" feeling.
Many people have asked about our elderberries and how we prepare them for our amazing syrup. So thought I would share the recipe along with information about how we grow and harvest here at the farm using this exceptional plant to keep everyone in tip top shape. It's amazing to think how God provides us with a full medicine cabinet of foods and herbals to combat the most basic of illnesses and ensure we have optimum health!
Gma B’s Elderberry Syrup
2 C Elderberries - Dried, fresh or frozen
1 C Rose Hips
4 sticks Cinnamon
1-2 Tbsp dried ginger pieces (or fresh)
1 tsp black pepper
1 C. Raw Honey (more/less depending on how sweet you like it!)
Simmer until reduced by half (about 2 1/2-3 C). Smash the mixture with a potato masher and then drain.
Let cool. Add honey and stir.
Take 2 Tbsp 2-3x day.
Store in refrigerator for a week to 10 days.
We clearly don't grow all of the ingredients here at the farm (I wish!) but we do offer links to products we recommend through Amazon listed above.
*Please consult with your physician before using any herbal remedies. These statements have not been endorsed by the FDA.
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