DIY Elderberry Syrup
In addition to crisp evenings and vibrant foliage, Fall brings with it some challenges for our immune systems. Give your health a boost by making your own Elderberry syrup. It’s as easy as one, two, three (Water, Elderberries and Honey). My favorite recipe includes Cinnamon and Ginger, but follow your inspiration.
4 cups cold water
2 cups organic dried Elderberries*
1 organic Cinnamon Stick (optional)
1 tsp fresh grated organic Ginger Root (optional)
raw local Honey
To make the syrup, combine the berries, Cinnamon stick and Ginger (if desired) with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil! Bottle in sterilized glass.
This versatile syrup can be taken as is or used in a recipe for a delicious immune-boosting drink.
*Contact us about ordering Elderberries in 1 lb packages!
Nancy Mayne is the Director of Wellness for The Healthy Grocer. Nancy’s interest in natural remedies began as a little girl watching her Grandmother make salves and oils using herbs from their garden. After receiving her B.A. in French, B.S. in Management Sciences from University of Rhode Island and M.A. from Penn State University in French, her studies led her to live over 15 years in France, India, Thailand and Ireland. During this time, Nancy earned certifications in 17 forms of healing arts with over 2,000 hours training in these modalities. Certifications include, but are not limited to, Holistic Massage with Waterford College, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage with Shivagakomarpaj and Sunshine School of Massage, Ayurveda from College of Ayurveda and Panchakarma and more. Herbs and energy work have remained a focus for her. She makes most of her household cleaners and beauty products herself, and holds seasonal workshops.