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Elderberry Popsicles For Immunity


Winter is usually the time of year that many people associate with cold and flu. For many people it becomes important to boost our immunity as much as we can, through hearty healthy foods with solid ingredients. But strong immunity is important any time of the year, and there are plenty of things we can do to help us stay free of nasty colds and viruses no matter what month it is. Adding herbal remedies to your illness-fighting arsenal is one of the more obvious, and sometimes very yummy, ways of keeping your health and wellness at the forefront of your mind.

Black elderberry happens to be as delicious as it is nutritious, and has a long history of use in treating colds. Several studies have also shown black elderberries to reduce the severity and duration of influenza. In fact, when the H1N1 flu was making headlines in 2009 the National Institute of Health consulted a wide range of natural products, looking for antiviral activity in them, and they found what they were looking for in black elderberry. Elderberry can be a safe and effective remedy for the respiratory issues that are commonly associated with colds and flu. Safe for kids, adults, and the elderly too, adding elderberry to your diet can help ensure your excellent health all year long.

Elderberry syrup is a wonderful thing to have on hand because it can go on pancakes for breakfast, or the popsicle recipe at the end of this article, and almost anywhere in between. You can buy elderberry syrup at many grocery stores, but it’s easy to make your own. Give this recipe a try!

Easy Elderberry Syrup: Delicious And Nutritious

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup fresh elderberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup raw honey

Directions -

  • Put the elderberries, water, cinnamon stick, cloves, and ginger together in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it is boiling, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Use a potato masher to break up the berries to release their juices. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Let the juice cool completely.
  • Stir in the honey until thoroughly combined. Transfer the syrup to a lidded jar, and store in the refrigerator up to 3 months.

Elderberry Popsicles: Fun For All Ages

If it’s time to bring elderberry into your diet year-round, use your elderberry syrup to make yummy popsicles your whole family will love!

Ingredients -

  • Elderberry Syrup
  • Grape Juice, has vitamin C in it which acts as an antioxidant to support your healthy immune system.
  • Raw Honey, which can be a very effective natural cough remedy. Also can be helpful in treating upper respiratory tract infections. Raw honey is wonderfully soothing on sore throats.
  • Orange Juice, a wonderful source of that vitamin C antioxidant that plays such a big role in immune function.

Directions -

  1. Add all 4 ingredients into a large pitcher. Mix well.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds, freeze 30 minutes, then add wooden popsicle sticks. Freeze until solid, another 5 hours.
  3. When ready to eat, run the popsicle mold under warm water for about 30 seconds. This will help release the popsicle.
  4. Enjoy!

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