Elderberry Syrup Recipe

by Mrs Money

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During the winter, my family takes elderberry syrup along with other supplements to boost our immune systems. Elderberries have been known to shorten the duration of illness, and it’s a berry so it’s generally considered safe for pretty much anyone including pregnant and nursing women. I personally have taken it while pregnant and nursing.  I really enjoy making and taking the elderberry syrup. If you don’t want to make your own elderberry syrup, you can buy it here.

Elderberries (sambucus nigra) grow in the wild, and you can harvest them yourself and make the syrup if you would like.  Some of the benefits of elderberries are: cold ad flu relief, blood sugar stabilizer, natural diuretic, good for allergies, and high in antioxidants.  They are also high in vitamins A, B6 and C, which helps them boost the immune system.

I purchase my organic elderberries in bulk from Amazon. They’ve always been great quality and I like buying in bulk so I don’t have to worry about running out when I want to make it.  Sometimes I also make elderberry tea by steeping 2 teaspoons of elderberries in 10 ounces of boiling water.  I add in some raw honey and it is delicious!  Here’s how you can make your own elderberry syrup:

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 3/4 cup dried elderberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon dried ginger
  • raw organic honey to taste (we purchase from Costco)
  1. Add 4 cups of filtered water to a medium sized pot and sprinkle in elderberries, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. I let mine barely bubble and check it every ten minutes.  It smells so good while it is cooking!  When it looks like the liquid has been reduced and is a little thicker than it was, turn the heat off and remove it from the burner.
  3. Let the mixture sit for awhile to cool down. After this has happened, I take my potato masher and squish the berries to release the liquid.  When done squishing berries, strain through a metal strainer into a glass container.  At this point, you can discard your elderberries.
  4. When the liquid is just warm, add honey to taste. We add between 1/2-3/4 cup of honey.  Stir to combine!

We take 1 tsp for kids and 2 tsp for adults daily as a preventative.  When illness strikes, take that dosage every two to three hours until symptoms disappear.  I actually use the elderberry syrup added to my daughter’s cod liver oil since she prefers the flavor.  She takes it with no problem and actually reminds me to give it to her if I forget!

Make sure to consume elderberry syrup within a month or so.  I have seen it mold when not consumed quickly enough, and that is why I don’t make more than one recipe at a time.  I shake mine well before dosing to the family members. The last illness we had lasted about 2 days for us, and didn’t seem to be as bad as other peoples’ symptoms and I attributed that to the elderberry syrup!

What do you do in the winter to boost your immune system?

 

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2017 Goals

by Mrs Money

Setting goals is extremely helpful for me.  I have anxiety if I don’t have a plan set in stone, and by writing down exactly what I’d like for us to accomplish makes me feel better.  Last year I didn’t set goals, but I did in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015.

-Pay $8,000 down on the principal of our home.  We’re still in the same house we bought almost 10 years ago. That is crazy! I never thought we would be here that long.  I’m glad because my sister and her family now live next door! I can’t see us moving in the near future, although you never know.  We’re slowly chipping away at the mortgage, and that feels good!

-Save money for college education/the future for kid(s).  I would love to help provide funds for a college education for our child(ren) and will do the best we can with saving now.  I also figure by the time our kid(s) start college, we’ll have the mortgage paid off hopefully and will be debt free so that we can cash flow many things!

-Save $500 a month for retirement.  Right now, we are contributing to Mr. Money’s 401k with his employer, and we also are contributing to our Roth IRAs with Vanguard as we are able. I’d like to make sure we’re on track for retirement (especially since I am a stay at home mom!).  I think $500 a month sounds like a good number for us.  We will see if we can swing it!

-Don’t eat out unless it’s planned and budgeted for.  This is something we always struggle with.  Our whole family enjoys dining out, and we view it as a source of entertainment and pleasure.  With me staying at home, often my days are long and sometimes lacking adult interaction and just getting out of the house is awesome sometimes.  Also, not having to cook is wonderful as well.  We have started going to a house church and one thing our group does is gather for a weekly dinner.  It’s so nice to bring a side dish and dine with our friends!  This definitely helps.

-Become/stay debt free.  With our daughter’s recent hospital stays, I’m unsure of exactly how much we are going to owe, which makes me so nervous.  I hope it’s not a ridiculous amount.  I can’t lie, I’ve been worrying about it but not much I can do at this point. I am very thankful that she is feeling better and nothing more serious is wrong.

Go on a nice vacation somewhere.  In 2016 we weren’t able to take a vacation anywhere since Mr. Money switched jobs.  His work has been short staffed and he deals with a lot of crap being an executive chef.  I’m hoping that we will be able to take early vacation versus waiting until the end of the year and then he loses his vacation like he did in 2016.  It wouldn’t have been so terrible if he would have gotten paid for it, but he didn’t.

What are your goals for 2017?

 

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