elderberry syrup | nourishing habits

There are so many ways to support our bodies in their natural processes. In his graduate courses this semester, Jace is studying Pharmacognosy (the branch of knowledge concerned with medicinal drugs obtained from plants or other natural sources) and I am currently digging more into the science behind essential oils and homeopathic remedies. Our conversations at night after the kids go to bed involve discussing the various stages of plant metabolism, HA!!

But in my quest to learn more about natural health and wellness, I stumbled onto a fantastic blog, Raising Generation Nourished. I am in LOVE with all her recipes and her thoughts on feeding her children. I’m also in love with her information on supporting her children’s immune systems!elderberry-syrup-1

Let’s be honest, kids are GOING to get sick. Even kids who eat the best they can, have tons of immune support from essential oils, quality vitamins and herbal remedies. You simply can’t avoid the germs. And we are entering GERM SEASON. We are busy, we spend time with other small children at least 3 or 4 days out of the week, and I’m not willing to just stay home to avoid catching colds. But I can support their immune systems to give them a little boost when they need to fight off the current round of germs. And Elderberry Syrup is a great way to do that! elderberry-syrup-2

Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell.elderberry-syrup-3

Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries.elderberry-syrup-4

We’ve been adding a small amount of the syrup to their yogurt and granola in the morning, to our kombucha, with my daily dose of Ningxia Red, and to anything that pairs well with the slightly fruity, earthy taste of the Elderberry syrup. You can also just take a tsp full several times a day during acute times.elderberry-syrup-6

I followed the recipe over on Raising Generation Nourished, so hop over there to see it yourself.

We did use her recommended combination of elderberries, rose hips, and honey. Get your own elderberries here and rosehips here.


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