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Elderberry Syrup for the Win

By Donna Stark

It's happened again. You woke up feeling a little junky this morning, didn't you? And even though it's not enough junk to keep you stuck at home in bed for the day, it is still enough that you want to do something about it, isn't it? But what can you do? Well, you could always fill your body with over-the-counter drugstore medications and hope for the best, or you could reach for something more natural. Something like homemade elderberry syrup.

What is Elderberry Syrup?

Elderberry syrup is a long-used, feel-better supplement for those under-the-weather kinds of days. It can be found in stores all across the country, but if you want to avoid the additives that are found in those bottles and save yourself a little bit of money in the process, you can make this syrup very easily at home. Let's take a look at the most common ingredients involved and the health benefits that come with them.

  • Elderberries - Elderberries are packed full of vitamins and powerful antioxidants that help boost the body's immune system. They have also been shown to help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and protect the heart.
  • Ginger - Ginger has long been used for its potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and fight the flu and common cold.
  • Cinnamon - Like ginger, cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties too, but that's not all it's good for. It also contains antimicrobial properties and helps to increase circulation in the body.
  • Raw honey - Honey isn't only used as the sweetener in elderberry syrup, it provides many different health benefits as well. Honey can suppress coughs, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system.

The Many Forms of Elderberry Syrup

There are many different ways to consume elderberries, but the most important thing to remember is to never eat them raw. It's also important that when you make your own batch of elderberry products at home, you look for all-natural and organic ingredients. Here are just a few of the ways you can enjoy your elderberries.

  • Tinctures
  • Gummies
  • Concentrates
  • Syrup

Staying Healthy Year-Round

Sickness never really goes away. There are viruses waiting to attack you and your loved ones at a moment's notice. But with a bottle of homemade elderberry sitting in your refrigerator or some delicious gummies to munch on, you can rest assured knowing that everyone in your family is one step closer to feeling better. Good luck and stay well this winter season!

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