Homemade Herbal Cold Syrup

 

This week there seems to be a cold being passed around my family.  At the first signs I made sure I had all my cold fighting remedies on hand and ready for everyone to use.  We have used a lot of different herbs and combinations of herbs in the past and some work better then others.  This time I made a syrup that is working great.  My daughter was very congested the first day she came down with the cold but once I started giving her small and frequent doses of this syrup her body responded very quickly.

Herbal Cold Syrup

Pour the water and herbs into a sauce pan and bring to a boil for 3 minutes.  Turn off the heat and let steep for 30 minutes.  Pour the herbal infused water into a mason jar.  Let the water cool in the jar.  Once it has cooled add the honey into the jar and shake until blended.  Take small doses of this every 1-2 hours while you are sick.

Do you make your own herbal syrups?  What blends work well for your family?

This post was shared at Simple Lives Thursday and Things I Love Thursdays

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

how to make elderberry syrup

We got very lucky this year and didn’t really get sick until last week! We all came down with congestion and cough. I guess the conventional protocol would be to give my daughter a decongestant and Tylenol but I would never use any of that stuff. Running the humidifier and diffusing some essential oils really helped all of us but the thing that really helped us get over it fast was elderberry syrup. You can buy it in the store but its much cheaper and healthier to make it yourself. The recipe makes a lot and costs much less then the tiny bottles you can buy pre-made. Also, making it yourself you can make it with raw honey which has added health benefits. The store bought bottle is made with cane sugar which isn’t beneficial at all.

How to make Elderberry Syrup:

1 cup dried elderberries, this is where I get mine
4 cups filtered water
1 cup raw honey
A 1-qt. mason jar with lid

Put the elderberries and water in a pot and heat until boiling. Once it boils let it cook for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it steep for 15 minutes in the pot.

Strain the liquid and pour into the mason jar. Let the liquid sit until completely cooled and then stir in the raw honey. To make it a thicker syrup, use equal parts honey to elderberry juice. Store in the refrigerator.

It’s a pretty easy recipe and saves a lot of money!