We are getting deeper into cold and flu season, so I wanted to share a quick and easy (and delicious) immune boosting remedy that you can make yourself in your own kitchen! Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) have a strong immune boosting effect and are anti-viral. They also contain high levels of anti-oxidants. You can use them in a number of different ways, but my favorite is definitely using them to make syrup. It tastes delicious and takes no time at all!
What you’ll need:
1. 1 cup dried black elderberries
2. 4 cups of water
3. 2 tablespoons of ginger
4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
5. 1 cup raw honey
1. Pour water into a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add the elderberries, ginger, and cinnamon.
2. Allow the water to come to a boil, then cover the pan and reduce heat to a simmer. Allow the berries to simmer for 1-2 hours. You want the liquid level to be about half that of what you started out with.
3. Once about half of the liquid has evaporated, take the pan off of the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
4. Once cool, use a wooden spoon to smash the berries. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
5. Once the mixture is lukewarm, add the honey and stir until it’s dissolved.
6. Pour the syrup into your desired container. I used amber glass jars I bought off of Amazon, but Mason Jars also work well!
That’s it! Super simple right? You can keep this syrup in the fridge for up to 2 months. It’s great to keep on hand incase you or someone in your family starts feeling a cold coming on. As general dosage, you can take 1 tablespoon once a day for maintenance and prevention, or 1 tablespoon every 2-3 hours if you start to experiencing any symptoms.
Let me know if you try out this recipe!
// Dr. Nikka Kanani, ND