Elderberry syrup is my go to anytime we need an immunity boost, or feel a bug coming on. Studies show that elderberry helps protect against the flu virus. It also reduces the longevity of the virus if you do get sick. Unfortunately most store bought elderberry syrup is full of added sugar, and sugar is taxing on the immune system, the last thing you want if you’re getting sick. Thankfully making your own elderberry syrup is super simple and bonus you can make it in your insta pot!
This recipe is super simple to make and can be made with honey or agave so its safe for babies under 2 all the way up to adults. It also contains added herbs that support the immune system and upper respiratory tract.
These are the herbs I personally like to use in my elderberry syrups. But feel free to switch them up for your personal favorites.
Cinnamon bark: Cinnamon not only adds a wonderful flavor to the elderberry syrup it is also a natural immune stimulator.
Echinacea: Echinacea helps to reduce the severity of symptoms associated the common cold and flu. Note: Echinacea is not safe for everyone. If you have an autoimmune disease, or take immunosuppressants do not use Echinacea.
Licorice Root: Licorice root is high in antioxidants and antimicrobials. It has so many wonderful health benefits, including reducing cavity causing bacteria! Licorice root aids in upper respiratory conditions as both a preventive and treatment.
Wild Cherry bark: Wild Cherry is a powerful cough suppressant. Its helps to dry mucous in the lungs and open the airways
Elderberry: Elderberry helps to prevent the Flu as well as reduces the duration of the Flu if you do contract the virus.
Elderberry syrup is safe to take daily as an immune booster and respiratory infection preventative. As a preventative children over two should take 2 tsp 1 to 2 times daily. Adults should take 1 Tbsp 1-2 times daily. If you experience flu symptoms you can take a dose of elderberry syrup every 3 to 4 hours up to six times a day.
- pressure cooker
- 1/2 cup Dried Elderberries
- 1/2 -1 Cup Raw local honey can substitute Agave or Maple syrup
- 1 TBSP each Dried herbs of choice
- 2.5 cups water
- Put all of the ingredients minus the honey in the insta pot
- pressure cook on high for 20 minutes.
- Let natural steam release
- Strain into a large mason jar and let cool
- Once cooled add in the honey, shake to combine.