This is a home produced mix that I personally use and can attest to it's ability to boost my immunity. Ingredients: Dried Elderberries, Dried Ginger Root, Dried Rose Hips, Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks, Organic Echinacea, Organic Cloves.
For your info, I have compiled info on the ingredients that I am using for this particular mix (see below).
Directions for syrup are on the bag - but here you go.
Add contents and 4 cups of filtered water to saucepan.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer until reduced by half - approx. 45-60 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
- Strain liquid thoroughly into a clean quart sized mason jar.
- Once completely cooled, stir in 1 - 1.5 cups of raw honey.
- Store in fridge for 6-8 weeks.
Adults take 1 tbsp daily. If you are sick take every 2-3 hours until symptoms are gone. Children can take 1/2 - 1 tsp daily.
Elderberry, a natural anti-inflammatory, has been used for centuries to to prevent and treat the flu, common colds, coughs, sinus pain, back and leg pain, nerve pain, arthritis, inflammation, chronic fatigue, hay fever and have been shown to help prevent cancer and to significantly reduce the risk of dementia/Alzheimer’s.
Echinacea is also a powerful immune system booster and have been used to prevent and treat colds and flus for many years, according to chef, forager and food writer Rachel de Thample.
“Ginger is also added for its antimicrobial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix all of these immune powerhouses together to give your nasty cold or flu a good beating!” she says.
This homemade elderberry syrup also incorporates therapeutic doses of ginger, cinnamon, clove and raw honey for added fighting power and protection. Ginger has been used for centuries to relieve sore throats, alleviate congestion, soothe upset stomachs, and to promote sweating to eliminate toxins in the body. Cinnamon is an antioxidant-rich warming spice that helps fight infections and viruses and boosts the immune system. Cloves are a natural antiseptic and analgesic, which help eliminate and prevent the spread of germs and provide relief for sore throats. Cloves also act as an expectorant, making it easier to cough up phlegm. Raw honey has antimicrobial and antiviral properties that inhibit the growth of microbes and fight bacterial infections as well as inhibit viral activity. It’s also an effective cough suppressant, soothes sore throats and is a natural sleep aid, especially in children
health benefits of elderberries
- Boost the immune system
- Fight and protect against bacterial infections
- Fight and protect against viral infections
- Reduce the symptoms and duration of a cold or the flu
- helps clear sinus infections
- has natural diuretic effects and promotes bowel movements
- anti-inflammatory properties
- anti-carcinogenic properties
- eases symptoms of allergies
- high in antioxidants
- high in vitamin A, which makes it great for healthy skin, and Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, iron and potassium, as well as others.
Rose hips are extremely rich in Vitamin C, beta carotene, iron, manganese, Vitamin K and Vitamin E. They also contain beneficial phytochemicals like flavonoids and phenols. They are a great remedy for many issues such as RA, facilitates fat metabolism, reduces symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis, helps prevent urinary bladder infections, helps with dizziness and headaches and helps firm up your skin, can treat constipation, and other benefits.