Boosting Your Immune System Naturally
Have you heard about Elderberry Syrup yet? Elderberries are a tale as old as time remedy for cold and flu season. Elderberries are the natural way to boost the immune system and fight colds and flu. Instead of reaching for the over the counter Emergen-C or cold medicine, we should be giving elderberries our attention.
What Makes Elderberries so Great?
Elderberries are extremely high in vitamin C, flavonoids, and virus fighting proteins. These little berries are loaded with antioxidants which aren’t just great for fighting colds and the flu, but for fighting cancer and diseases as well. Elderberries are higher in flavonoids and antioxidants than blueberries, goji berries, and cranberries. Elderberries have anti-inflammatory properties, so they can help with allergies and sinus infections too.
Elderberries have also been shown to shorten the duration of the flu, when taken at the onset of symptoms. It can provide symptom relief within 2-4 days. That’s amazing!! Elderberries are nature’s flu shot and Theraflu!
**Ps… there’s a disclaimer… you should always do your own research and consult with your practitioner before supplementing for health.**
Where do You Find Elderberry Syrup?
I make our elderberry syrup easily in our Instant Pot, so I can control the ingredients. This recipe here shares my method for making my own elderberry syrup at home in the Instant Pot. Making your syrup at home not only allows you the opportunity to control the flavor, but also the sweetness.
I also sell preassembled elderberry syrup kits in the store on my website. The kit comes with instructions for making 16-20 ounces of organic elderberry syrup on your stove top or in your Instant Pot. You just add local honey.
You can also find Elderberry syrup a the local health food store or you can also find quality syrup online. When choosing an elderberry syrup I recommend an organic option. Nature’s Answer has an organic elderberry syrup that does not have any alcohol or sweeteners here. Nature’s Way also has a Kids variety of the syrup that is sweetened with agave. When choosing a syrup for children, make sure the syrup does not contain honey if the child is under 1 year old.
Let’s Make Gummy Bears
Let’s face it, everything is a little better when it comes in the shape of a gummy bear. Making our own gummy version of elderberry syrup helps my little one enjoy his daily dose of immune support.
Vitamins are typically easier and more enjoyable to take when in a gummy form anyways.
When I created a recipe for elderberry gummies, I wanted be sure that there were additional benefits. My recipe includes tart cherry juice to ensure that these little gummies are packed full of additional benefits.
The Benefits of Tart Cherry
Tart cherry juice is is a good source of zinc and vitamin C, which increases these gummies ability to boost the immune system. Also, tart cherry juice has naturally occurring melatonin which may help you fall asleep and get better rest.
For sweetness and added anti-bacterial properties I added raw local honey to our gummies!
How to make gummy bears
These cute little gummy bear molds I found on Amazon here and I LOVE THEM!!! I was kind of worried that when I went to go take out the gummy bears that their little legs would stick to the mold and pull apart. NOPE, not the case! This set of gummy bear molds has 6 sheets for molds and came with two droppers. They are also BPA free! They were so easy to use.
How much should I take?
How much elderberry syrup you should take is based on the individual. When we have elderberry gummy bears on hand, we will take 3 – 5 at a time. Let’s be honest too, it is hard to just eat 3 or 5 at a time. These gummy bears usually become a sweet treat, as well.
Are you ready to make your own elderberry syrup gummy bears?