Elderberries are great for your immune system and can help aid cold and flu symptoms, as well as sinus pressure. We are in the middle of a nasty flu season, and elderberry syrup would be a great addition to your medicine cabinet. But what if you had elderberry gummies on hand? And what if you were able to make them? (Hint: Keep reading – you CAN make your own elderberry gummies and boost your immunity this cold and flu season.)
Early in December I was struck down with a terrible fever, aches and pains. I went to Facebook to ask for tips to kick the fever. I diffused oils, ran a vaporizer and the one piece of advice that people kept giving me was take elderberry syrup. The problem? It was Sunday night when I was hit with the sickness and I couldn’t even think of where to get elderberry syrup. Of course my mom is smart enough to have it on hand, and she sent her bottle of syrup down to my house. I took it and really did feel so much better by the next morning.
And I don’t think I have to remind friends and regular readers of the blog of how sick our household has been this winter. We’re finally in week three (maybe four?) of no fevers, and all it took was a lot of visits to the doctor and switching daycares. (My daughter is exposed to much fewer germs now, and it’s glorious.)
But now it’s time to fight the germs before they get the best of us. Again.
If you don’t have elderberry syrup, and would like to make your own skip down to that recipe. Otherwise, continue on with this gummy recipe. So great for kids and adults!
1. In a medium sauce pan, add the apple juice and elderberry syrup. Sprinkle the gelatin on top and whisk to combine.
2. Place on stovetop under medium/low heat, uncovered. Stir constantly until the gelatin is completely melted (about 2 minutes).
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2 minutes before transferring to your favorite molds, filling up to the top.
4. Chill for 1 hour and remove from molds. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Take 2-3 per day to help boot your immunity.
Yields: 3-4 dozen (depending on size of mold used)
How to make your own elderberry syrup:
1 cup dried elderberries
4 cups water
2 Tablespoons fresh ginger (grated)
2-3 cinnamon sticks
6-8 whole cloves
1 1/2 cups raw honey
Diretions for the elderberry syrup:
1. Place the water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves into a medium pan.
2. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, reducing the liquid by half.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature for 10 minutes. Pour the warm elderberry liquid into a mesh strainer (over a bowl to catch the liquid). Using the back of a large spoon, mash the elderberries into the bottom of the strainer to squeeze out the juice. Discard the contents left in the strainer.
4. Cool the liquid for an additional 15 minutes at room temperature. Add the honey and stir well. Transfer to a glass container or mason jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
What are you doing to stay healthy this winter?