Elderberry Rose Hip Syrup Recipe

Elderberry Rose Hip Syrup - Try this healthy twist on a traditional cold and flu natural herbal remedy. This delicious recipe contains elderberries, rose hips, and cinnamon for extra flavor and benefits.

 

Along with the cooler weather seems to come the inevitable sniffles and sneezes. I push lots of hydrating and nourishing liquids, healthy whole foods, and adequate rest around here, but we can still use all the help we can get. One of my tools is Elderberry Syrup which is traditionally revered as a weapon against colds and flu. In this recipe I’ve boosted the immune-supporting powers of elderberry with rose hips which are known to be one of the top sources of vitamin C. Cinnamon is also added for flavor and synergistic benefits.

I take 1-2 tablespoons once a day as a preventive measure during the icky season, and then several times a day if I am fighting something off. I give my children about half that amount.

* Never give honey to babies or toddlers under 2 years old * 

This can also be used on pancakes and waffles, as a delicious addition to seltzer for a healthy, refreshing beverage, or added to hot water for a warm and cozy drink.

Elderberry Rose Hip Syrup - Try this healthy twist on a traditional cold and flu natural herbal remedy. This delicious recipe contains elderberries, rose hips, and cinnamon for extra flavor and benefits.

 

Elderberry Rose Hip Syrup

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried elderberries
  • 1/2 cup dried rose hips
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 quart (4 cups) water
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups honey
  • 1-2 ounces vodka or brandy (optional – for preserving) OR 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar (also optional) (See note below)

 

Directions:

  1. Soak elderberries, rose hips, and cinnamon sticks in water in a large pan for one to two hours.Elderberry Rose Hip Syrup - Try this healthy twist on a traditional cold and flu natural herbal remedy. This delicious recipe contains elderberries, rose hips, and cinnamon for extra flavor and benefits.
  2. Simmer about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.Elderberry Rose Hip Syrup - Try this healthy twist on a traditional cold and flu natural herbal remedy. This delicious recipe contains elderberries, rose hips, and cinnamon for extra flavor and benefits.
  3. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a clean pan. Use the back of a spoon or some other tool to persuade as much liquid as possible out of the mash. You can also use a cheese cloth or a nut milk bag if you want to try to get more liquid out. You’ll have to let it cool a bit to do it that way.
  4. Measure how much liquid you have and add an equal amount of honey to the pan. Stir the elderberry liquid and honey together and heat gently until well combined. If you are using raw honey you will not want to heat it much or you will kill the enzymes. If your honey is not raw then you can simmer it gently for 10 to 20 minutes until the desired consistency is reached. Stir and test it often. It will thicken up a bit more as it cools too.Elderberry Rose Hip Syrup - Try this healthy twist on a traditional cold and flu natural herbal remedy. This delicious recipe contains elderberries, rose hips, and cinnamon for extra flavor and benefits.
  5. Let the mixture cool, then stir in alcohol or apple cider vinegar (if using for preservative effect) and pour into sterilized jars or bottles. You should end up with 3 to 4 cups of mixture depending on how long you simmered in each stage.
  6. Keep in the refrigerator. It should last for several weeks without the added alcohol/apple cider vinegar or many months with it.

Note: There is not a lot of alcohol in the alcohol version, but I realize that it may still be an issue for some people especially as young children or those sensitive to alcohol. You can use the apple cider vinegar to help preserve it and for additional medicinal benefits (if it is raw) or you can use neither and just consume the syrup within a few weeks. There will be a definite taste difference with the apple cider vinegar, and you might not want to use it on your pancakes (haha). Another option is to use glycerin instead of the honey which would make it an option for younger children and babies*. Let me know how you end up making yours 🙂

* This is not intended to be medical advice. It is simply what I do for me and my family. Please do your own research, and check with your doctor before taking any new herbs or giving them to your children.

 Blessings,

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