So, what’s the deal with elderberries? Elderberries are rich in vitamins A, B and C and are a traditional cold and flu remedy used for hundreds of years. They are known to have high antioxidant activity and the bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice of the berry destroy the ability of a cold or flu virus to infect a cell.

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ELDERBERRY SYRUP RECIPE

2/3 cup dried black elderberries (about 3 ounces)
3 1/2 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
YL Vitality Essential oils (cinnamon bark, nutmeg, ginger, frankincense, clove, orange or a combination of these)
1 cup local raw honey (we get it from a beekeeper on Sullivan’s island. Farmers markets or Whole Foods have options too ) - only for kids one year or older

16 oz glass jar

Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries and cinnamon (do not add honey or EOs)

Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Discard cinnamon stick. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey, and a drop of each essential oil you want to add and stir well.

When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.

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Here's a break down of the oils you can use:

* Thieves – This is a seriously amazing blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary. Our immune boosting oil.

* Nutmeg – Besides tasting and smelling awesome, this oil encourages optimal digestive function, combats occasional inflammation, supports joints and promotes cardiovascular health.

* Clove – Tons of antioxidants

* Ginger – Part of keeping the immune system in tip-top shape is keeping digestion optimal. Over 90% of the immune system resides in the gut, so using ginger, with it’s ability to stimulate and regulate digestion, only seems natural.

* Cinnamon Bark – Another oil already found in the Thieves blend, cinnamon bark is a powerful support to the immune system.

* Frankincense – One of the gifts given to Jesus by the Three Wise Men, frankincense has been used for centuries. 

Other options include orange, lemon or your other favorite citrus oil. Mix and match something custom to you!

Other Elderberry Recipes (will take you to a different webpage)

Elderberry syrup in the instapot - recipe here

Elderberry gummies - recipe here

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