So the other day I blogged about bone broth and the benefits. Today it’s elderberry!
I’m a firm believer in elderberry and it’s benefits. If I wasn’t I wouldn’t take it nor would I give it to Jack. I’m not against western medicine BUT if we can avoid it by eating clean and using food as our medicine then I’m doing it hands down.
These photos are our arsenal of health to keep us healthy on top of a nutritious diet – and yes, we have donuts or cake or hot chocolate here and there. Moderation baby.
But I wanted to try my own batch of elderberry syrup, saw a friend posted her recipe, and headed to Natty G’s. I bought the organic dried elderberries for $5 and had everything else. Even if I wouldn’t have the price to make your own is so much more economical than buying store bought PLUS you can add what you want to make it more medicinal.
So here I have dried elderberries, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves, and honey.
Here is the link to the recipe I followed:
EXCEPT I’m waiting for the syrup to cool before adding a cup of local raw honey to it to not compromise the wonderful effect of honey in and of itself.
If you don’t want to watch the video:
1/2c organic dried elderberries, 5 organic cloves, 1 organic cinnamon stick, 1tsp of finely grated organic ginger OR 1/4tsp ground (that’s what I had on hand) and 2 cups of filtered water. Bring to covered boil then reduce heat and simmer for 25-30mins. Cool and add 1c of honey. Voila!
Elderberry (w/o honey yet) on the left and bone broth on the right. Yum.
* Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins which are responsible for their deep purple (almost black) colouring. These powerful antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient. Dr Gerhard Rechkemmer is the President of Germany’s Federal Research Institute for Nutrition and Food. His research has shown that the anthocyanins in elderberries boost the production of cytokines – proteins that act as messengers within the immune system – thereby enhancing the body’s immune response. Cytokines play a crucial role in the immune system’s response to disease and work in ways very similar to hormones. They can be both inflammatory or anti-inflammatory depending on what is needed and are released by immune cells either directly into the blood stream or locally into body tissue during an immune response.
These tiny berries are also believed to contain antiviral agents– compounds so potent they are thought to deactivate viruses. Viruses are unable to multiply on their own and need to get inside a healthy cell to do so. They are cleverly coated with something called “haemagglutinin spikes” to help them pierce the cell wall. These viral spikes are also covered with enzymes which the virus uses to break down the cell wall. Elderberries have high concentrations of bioflavonoids which appear to inhibit the action of this enzyme, thus deactivating viruses and rendering them unable to pierce the cell wall and replicate. https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/natural-health-guide/benefits/elderberry
Thank me later! 😘