Y’all know how I love to save money. If I can make something for waaaaay cheaper than buying it, I’m going to try. However, I’ve been buying Herb Pharm Alcohol Free Elderberry Extract for a while and it goes for…. wait for it…. $8.28. FOR ONE OUNCE. Can you say “yikes”?? So, obviously, we don’t use it daily for prevention, I pretty much only break it out when somebody is coming down with something and I need to give their immune system a boost. People use this stuff because elderberries are high in vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and possess antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. So it’s a great preventative measure, but also good when you’ve actually got the crud. There are claims that it’s more effective than the flu vaccine (and, well, since the flu vaccine is only like 23% effective, it’s really not that hard to beat), and you can read the “elderberry is magic” claims here and the refutations here. Basically, I consider elderberry syrup one tool in my crunchy arsenal, but I like my arsenal to not cost an arm and a leg so I finally forked over some cash and bought…. my own elderberries! You can find the recipe I used here. The pictures are just proof that I did it. Ha.
Simple line-up of ingredients!
Can we just take a minute to appreciate HOW MUCH elderberry syrup I got for 2/3 cup of elderberries? This is WAY more than 1 oz, y’all. Moreover, after straining to get the syrup, I saved the berries themselves for smoothies and whatever else I might want to throw them in. It seemed silly to just toss them!
Now, I do not happen to own cinnamon, clove, or ginger essential oils. However, before I make this again, I’m definitely going to get some. I mean, I’ll get way more bang out of this syrup if it’s got the therapeutic properties of those essential oils instead of just the spices I would use for making gingerbread cookies. 😉 Also? I couldn’t really taste those spices when it was done. Honey? Yep, can totally taste it. Elderberry? Yep, can totally taste it. But the yumminess of cinnamon, clove, and ginger? Nowhere to be found, at least for this palate. So that’s one thing I will do differently next time around.
How am I using this syrup? The littles like it in their yogurt. I even add it to their water to make “juice”. I can also just use a dropper to put it directly in mouths and everybody loves it. I have so much of it, I don’t feel like I need to conserve, so we are getting the vitamin, anti-oxidant, and anti-viral support on a daily basis. Yippee! If someone starts to come down with something, we’ll just double up.
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