Sick kids. Is there anything worse? Actually, now that I think of it, there is! A sick mom taking care of said kids. Now that is the WORST. Last winter our family got hit hard with sickness. We caught anything and everything that was going around. I had one son who missed almost 4 weeks of school. He was SO sick. It was just miserable.
We would catch a new bug before we even got over the old one. I just couldn’t believe our rotten luck. Now that the weather is changing and cold and flu season is right around the corner, I’m preparing NOW in hopes that we don’t have a repeat of last winter. I’m planning to give all 4 kids a daily dose of what I believe the essentials are for a strong immune system, and it all starts with this slow cooker elderberry syrup.
I love this recipe because I can just throw it in the slow cooker and forget about it. I’m really good at putting things off until later. 🤪 There’s no need to watch it, no need to stir it, and no need to worry about it boiling over or reducing too much. Also, in the world of cooking, low and slow is usually best. With this method, you’re able to slowly draw out all the medicinal properties of the elderberries to make a very potent immune boosting syrup. Elderberries are high in flavonoids (they’re what give elderberries their rich deep color) which support immunity and gut health. They also contain a good amount of vitamin C which we all know is crucial for getting over an illness quickly.
As well as elderberry syrup, my kids and I will be loading up on vitamin c, probiotics, and vitamin d. I hope this daily vitamin regimen will help us avoid getting sick in the first place, or in the very least help us get over it quicker. Before I started making my own, I was buying this elderberry syrup, but I really didn’t love the ingredients and it was PRICEY! Making your own is cheaper, healthier, and it couldn’t be easier with the slow cooker method. I hope you give it a shot and stay well this winter.
What are some things you do to protect yourself during cold and flu season? Tell me below!
Slow Cooker Elderberry Syrup
- 1/2 cup organic dried elderberries
- 2 1/4 cups filtered water
- 4 slices fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raw honey or more to taste
- Peel and slice the fresh ginger into thin discs. About 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
- Place the dried elderberries, filtered water, cinnamon, and ginger into the slow cooker.
- Cook for 8 hours on low.
- Strain the cooked berries, water and ginger through a fine mesh strainer into a medium sized bowl. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice from the berries.
- Once the liquid has cooled down and is warm to the touch, add in the honey and mix thoroughly until smooth and dissolved well.
- I like to add 1/4 cup of honey per 1 cup of elderberry juice. Feel free to add more honey if you'd like it sweeter. I personally prefer it less sweet.
- Poor into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
I take 2 teaspoons daily to prevent sickness, and 2 tablespoons when I'm sick - but my immune system is weak due to autoimmune disease. I recommend 1 teaspoon a day if you're a normally healthy person, and 1 tablespoon if you're sick.
I give my kids 1/2 teaspoon daily, and up to 1 1/2 teaspoons when they're sick.