01 March 2020

make your own elderberry syrup!

I've been making elderberry syrup since we started school last fall - studies are starting to show that is super effective in warding off all the gross stuff we encounter out and about. And especially with six kids coming and going from school, we want to be totally armed and ready.

Making it is super easy, which is always nice. You can infuse the syrup with dried spices, but I have found it's just as easy and effective to use my Vitality oils from Young Living! They're 100% pure, non-GMO, and safe for ingestion in the right quantities. I am excited to share my favorite recipe with you and hope you'll find this a happy addition to your immunity boosting arsenal!

Here's what you need:
1.5 cups dried elderberries (we use these)
6 cups water
2 drops Clove Vitality oil or 2 teaspoons dried cloves
2 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality oil or 2 teaspoons dried cinnamon
1 drop Ginger Vitality or 1 teaspoon dried ginger
3 drops Thieves Vitality*
2 cups raw honey (we love this)

Add water and elderberries to a stockpot. If you're using dried spices, add them now. If you're using oils, wait. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and let it simmer for about 45 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by about half. 

Remove from heat and allow to cool down a bit, but not completely. Once it's cooled down, pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl or large jar. Push the berries down with a spatula to get all moisture out and then discard.

Combine honey and Vitality oils. Pour into the elderberry mixture to combine and stir well. Voila! You can store your homemade elderberry syrup in the fridge for up to two months. Each of us use a teaspoon every morning before we head out for the day. 

If you don't think you'll go through as much as we do, feel free to halve the recipe! A pound of elderberries makes about three big batches.

Stay well, friends!

Interested in grabbing your own Vitality oils? You can grab them here!

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