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What are the benefits of Elderberry Syrup? There are believed to many uses of Elderberry, seemingly endless.
5 important benefits:
Boost Immune System (fight off illness)
Helps with Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Pain Management
It's definitely a natural source for mind and body wellness. Keep in mind, that you can personalize your Elderberry recipe, especially if you have allergies to consider. Also, ensure that what you're adding is beneficial to your health (turmeric, cayenne, etc.)
Here is my single serve, quick recipe (add amounts according to how much you plan to ingest or how many people are using each batch):
Dried Elderberry (find an organic source, usually a local herb shop)
Cinnamon Sticks (often found at a local grocer)
Fresh Ginger (peeled or sliced)
Best made with a small saucer. If you're using half a cup of elderberry, add a full cup of water. It will thicken as it simmers, on medium heat. Add water as you see appropriate but you don't want it too diluted. Add a dash of turmeric (optional) and few slices of organic ginger (powder can be used if that's convenient for you). Also add 2-3 cinnamon sticks as it simmers. The honey can be added either during the soft boil or after the syrup is completed. The honey has a dual purpose, as organic honey is rich in antioxidants, it also sweetens the tart flavor of the elderberry. Ginger is soothing for the digestive system and cinnamon is also an antioxidant and diabetic aid. Turmeric is another powerful source of antioxidants and is great for rheumatoid pain.
Simmer your syrup for 15-20 min, reducing heat to low once it reaches a boil. Makes about 1/3 of a cup, depending on how long you simmer. It will smell like Christmas and it's a boosting aromatherapy. -If you don't like cinnamon or it's smell, you can substitute for a teaspoon of turmeric.- I put my syrup in a glass container after it cools, and I refrigerate it for a few hours. I enjoy a few sips in the mornings.
Whether you're using Elderberry Syrup as a natural diuretic, for inflammation or to boost your immune, please consider any medications you may be taking and consult with a doctor if you have any prior concerns. You can also find health and interaction information at: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-434/elderberry