Immunity Boosting Elderberry Syrup


*Bonus a TBSP of this also soothes sore throat and quiets cough*

This is one of my favorite herbal syrups to make. So easy and fun to do with the kids. It’s a twist on your typical Elderberry Syrup with added Chinese Herbs for immune support.

Here’s what you Need:

𝟹 𝙲𝚞𝚙𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚆𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛

𝟷 𝙲𝚞𝚙 𝙳𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚍 𝙴𝚕𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚛 𝟷.𝟻 𝚌𝚞𝚙𝚜 𝙵𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚑

𝟷 𝚃𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚋 𝚂𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙶𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛 (𝚜𝚕𝚒𝚌𝚎𝚍)

𝟸 𝚃𝚋𝚜𝚙 𝙰𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚕𝚞𝚜 (𝙸 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑 𝚏𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚎) 𝙲𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 at B𝚞𝚕𝚔 A𝚙𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚛 M𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗R𝚘𝚜𝚎 H𝚎𝚛𝚋𝚜

𝟷 𝙾𝚛𝚐𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝙾𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎

𝟷 𝙲𝚞𝚙 𝙻𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝙷𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚢

𝟼 𝙳𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚜 𝙳𝚘𝚃𝚎𝚛𝚛𝚊 𝙾𝚗 𝙶𝚞𝚊𝚛𝚍 (𝙾𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚍𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝙲𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚜, 𝙲𝚒𝚗𝚗𝚊𝚖𝚘𝚗, 𝙴𝚞𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚢𝚙𝚝𝚞𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚁𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚒-𝚟𝚒𝚛𝚊𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚘𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚎𝚜)

Add 3 Cups of water + Elderberries and Ginger

Simmer for 20 minutes

Then add in Astragalus + Orange Simmer for additional 20 minutes

Remove from heat until it is cool enough to be handled.

Strain and mash the herbs carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.

Let the liquid cool down.

Add the honey and 6 drops of On Guard. (Stir well)

Pour the syrup into a glass bottle.

Ta-da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.


Also take a TBSP for sore throat.


Ingredients and their medicinal benefits:


Elderberry: Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, this little berry is a power house for helping to fight off viruses and building immunity. One study of 60 people with influenza found that those who took 15 ml of elderberry syrup four times per day showed symptom improvement in two to four days, while the control group took seven to eight days to improve. Since Elderberries seem to boost immune function, people with Auto-immune diseases should caution the use of Elderberries as they may have a reaction to them. (1)


Astragalus: Also known as Huang Qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This herb tonifies Qi (Chi) and blood and is used in many energy and immune boosting formulas. Astragalus has many purported healthbenefits, including immune-boosting, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects.Astragalusis believed to prolong life and used to treat a wide variety of ailments, such as fatigue, allergies and the common cold. It's also used against heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. (2)

Ginger: Warms the lungs, soothes sore throat, stops cough, and reduces nausea. Ginger is also believed to have antimicrobial properties that may help fight infections (bacterial or viral), including those that cause sore throats (3).


Orange Peel: Aka Chen Pi. Chen Pi is commonly used in Chinese Medicine to stop cough, open lungs, reduce phlegm, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea and vomiting. A very safe herb to help pediatrics with digestive issues as well. Bonus it makes this syrup taste amazing!


Honey: Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature's best all-around remedies. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we use honey to soothe the throat as well as to to fight off infections. Honey is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also the high acid content helps inhibit mold growth in the products which makes it a great addition to syrups to extend shelf life. (Never give honey to an infant under 1 years old. Instead, consult your healthcare provider for an appropriate alternative.) Local Wild Honey or Moneku Honey is best. Local Honey has local pollens which can help boost immunity to allergies that are specific to your area. Manuka Honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand. It’s produced by bees who pollinate the flower Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the manuka bush. Manuka honey’s antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties are what set it apart from traditional honey. Methylglyoxal is its active ingredient and likely responsible for these effects.


DoTerra OnGuard Ingredients: Can sub for whole ingredients vs Essential Oil. I just like to keep this on hand due to quality, log shelf life, and all the amazing herbs in it which have a wide variety of benefits. Wild Orange: See above with description about Orange Peel. DoTerra actually uses the Wild Orange Peel as their Essential Oil which has all the same benefits as we use in Chinese Medicine. Cloves: Warms the stomach and stops nausea.Cloves contain high amounts of antioxidants, which aid the immune system in fighting off oxidative damage and free radicals. Eugenol also has the ability to help ease infections and fight disease-causing bacteria in the body. Cinnamon Bark: aka Gui Zhi used in TCM to boost immunity, improves circulation, kick out the first signs of cold or flu, open the chest to assist with breathing and shortness of breath, and helps thin mucus. Cinnamon bark is used in many TCM formulas and has many health benefits especially when combined with other herbs. Eucalyptus: Most used for respiratory conditions. Helps open the lungs, reduces all types of cough, and treats viral and bacterial respiratory infections and throat infections. Findings published in the journal BMC Immunology suggest thateucalyptus oilmight also stimulate the innate immune system by enhancing our phagocytic response to pathogens. (4) Rosemary: Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. Laboratory studies have shown rosemary to be rich in antioxidants, which play an important role in neutralizing harmful particles called free radicals.(5) When taken internally rosemary may help support healthy respiratory function and to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue


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