Now that cold and flu season is here, it's important to do some extra self-care and boost your immune system. This requires you to get adequate rest, drinks lots of water, eat healthy foods, exercise and consider adding in the antioxidant superstar, elderberries!
Elderberries provide added support to our immune system by fighting and disabling the free radicals that come into our body. Free radicals come from a variety of forms like poor diet, smoke, second hand smoke, exposure to air pollutants, x-rays and many other sources.
Elderberry syrup is a safe and natural way to boost your antioxidant defenses and help your skin glow! Take 1 tablespoon daily for prevention and when you feel a cold or flu coming on, take two tablespoons daily. Remember to always tell your doctor or Naturopath what added herbs, tinctures, supplements and syrups you ingest regularly so that they can best support you.
1 cup dried elderberries
4 cups filtered water
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 slices fresh ginger
1 cup raw honey
Bring the elderberries, fresh ginger, ground cloves, filtered water and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Reduce heat to the lowest setting and simmer for 45 minutes.
Using a very fine strainer with a large bowl beneath it, pour the mixture into the strainer. Crush the berries against the strainer to get all the juices out. Immediately pour the raw honey into the mixture and stir until dissolved.
The syrup has to be stored in the fridge or it will go bad quickly and it expires after one month. I store mine in a glass mason jar.
I love making an extra batch to give out to friends as gifts too! Cheers to a happy and healthy cold and flu season!