When the weather gets cold, throats get scratchy and coughs seem never to stop. That’s why it’s so important to keep your immune system healthy and ready to fight off germs.
We try to stick with vitamins and avoid cough syrups in this house, but sometimes you just know when sickness is about to hit.
That’s when I make an Elderberry Syrup concoction. It’s always a little different and I’m always playing with the ingredients, but the base normally remains the same: elderberries (in some form) and honey.
I choose to use elderberries because they are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C. They have antibacterial and anti-infectious properties that have been said to help relieve nasal congestion, arthritis, upset stomach and more. Not to mention one serving of elderberries provides 13% of our daily value in Vitamin A, 87% of our daily value in Vitamin C, along with other nutrients like potassium, vitamin B6, and lots of betacarotene (Mercola).
Additionally, I always use honey in my immune boosting recipes because it has many antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. I normally use raw honey because it contains some beneficial bacteria, however I chose to use pasteurized honey in this blend as I am currently pregnant. I know many moms do use raw honey during pregnancy, but I always play it on the safe side and avoid anything unpasteurized. (Also note, honey, both pasteurized and unpasteurized, should be avoided with children under 1).
To add even more immune boosting properties, I added 2 scoops of pure Powdered Vitamin C. This stuff is pretty tangy, but that’s okay because the sweetness from the honey and elderberry jelly balance it out nicely. Plus each scoop is over 1,600% of your daily value of Vitamin C!
Next, I added a little water to thin things out. Elderberry syrup can get pretty thick when you are making it with jam, so it’s important to thin it a little bit.
Finally, I added organic cinnamon for its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Cinnamon has a great way of heating the body and helping to protect it from pathogens. It also doesn’t hurt that it tastes amazing.
Disclosure: I am partnering with Kauffman’s Fruit Farm as a blog ambassador. I have received these Kauffman’s Fruit Farm products for free; however, all opinions remain my own. This post also contains Amazon Affiliate Links.
- 1 cup Kauffman’s Fruit Farm Elderberry Jelly
- 1/2 cup honey (regular or raw, though raw will need to be softened)
- 2 scoops Vitamin C Powder (I used this brand)
- 2 tbsp. water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- In a large mason jar combine jelly, honey, and water.
- Microwave for 30 seconds and stir.
- Continue microwaving at 30 second intervals until all the ingredients combine and the syrup is smooth.
- You can also do this step on the stove, continually stirring the ingredients in a small saucepan on low heat until smooth.
- Once smooth, stir in cinnamon
- Refrigerate for up to 30 days.
To use this syrup, I either eat 1 tablespoon plain (using a clean spoon each time to avoid contamination) or I add a spoonful to my tea in the morning.
It is wonderful for coating my throat when I have a sore throat or cough, but I like to take it when I feel that my family is coming down with some type of sickness.