The weather is finally getting warmer and the flowers are beginning to bloom. It is a welcomed change from the cold winter! However, for many, all the blooming plants and flowers can bring on unwanted allergies. The change in temperature can also bring on springtime colds. For that reason, I thought it was a good time to share a special family recipe, containing elderberry, a powerful antioxidant.
BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY
Elderberry has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various ailments. As I mentioned, it is known as a powerful antioxidant that can be used to combat allergies, colds and flu.
High in Vitamins A, B and C, it can boost the immune system. Elderberry has been thought to have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that can speed up recovery of colds and flu. These beautiful dark berries have also been used by Native Americans to calm upset stomach, constipation and gas.
Elderberry can be detoxifying and healing for the body. Thankfully, it is also a wonderful option for cough syrup because of it’s rich, pleasant taste.
DIY ELDERBERRY COUGH SYRUP
I have made my own cough syrup for my son for many years. Many of the store options are full of harmful or unnecessary ingredients. If you are looking to make your own cough syrup, with healthier ingredients, this one is my favorite:
1 T Elderberry Fruit Extract* (I use Simple Truth)
1 tsp Raw Unfiltered Local Honey
1 tsp Pure Grape Juice Or 100% Coconut Water
Mix well, until honey is completely dissolved. Pour into a 1 oz glass dropper bottle. If you do not have a dropper bottle, then use a sealable glass container. You can store in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.
Use about 1/2 tsp at a time (about every 4 hours) for cough (approx. 2 droppers full). I do not recommend using for children under 2 years. Of course consult with your physician concerning any illness, especially if your child has a fever or consistent cough. Do not use for extended periods of time.
*It is important to use an elderberry extract intended for health purposes, such as Simple Truth, as elderberry can be considered poisonous if a strange variety is used or if it is not processed properly.
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