The kids going back to school means LOTS of germs and funk being introduced back into the house the kids lives. At least once a year (normally November/December) this horrible grossness tries to take over the family, however, this year elderberry syrup with Echinacea is going to be our lucky ticket to a healthy winter. Making elderberry syrup with Echinacea is an excellent addition to boosting the immune system. This tasty recipe is cooked in a crock-pot, saves time, is a cheap to make, and super simple!
What’s so Great about Elderberries?
Elderberries are dark-purple powerful little berries with one tiny little seed inside. These berries contain “flavenoids” which are powerhouses when kicking out inflammation, and boosting antioxidants in the body. What does that mean in simple terms? Well, this means that elderberries contain massive amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. These vitamins when mixed with a healthy diet are excellent at removing oxidizing agents. Oxidizing is what happens when our body breaks down food, and is around sources which permeate free radicals.
Free radicals attack macromolecules and damage healthy cells in the body. This leads to unhealthy cell production. Let’s take this back to biology class, agh! When a healthy cell is active it has an atom and electrons which create a protective shell around the atom. When unhealthy cells are produced with an unbalanced electron shell, the atom will seek out other cells to attach to. Thus creating the protective shell needed. This is not what we want producing in our bodies. Free radicals, when overpopulated lead to oxidative stress.
What is Oxidative Stress?
All bodies need yin and yang, good and bad, healthy and unhealthy balances. When there is an imbalance in the body, we see the effects in a negative manner. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between “free radicals and antioxidant behavior” which leads to certain dangerous diseases in the body such as:
- Alzheimers & other Dementias
- Clogged arteries & cardiovascular disease
- Inflammatory Disorders
- The “C” word- Cancer
All of these diseases are caused by oxidative stress. Other causes of oxidative stress can be incorporated when we examine toxic chemicals used daily (yup, look at those labels people!), pesticides, smoking, and even fried foods have been tested and are sources of oxidative stress. This is why we create powerful reductions of juice to keep boosting healthy cell growth, antioxidant rich vitamins, and immune supporting nutrients in an easy to take homemade recipe.
Elderberry Echinacea Syrup
- Mason Jar
- Cheese Cloth or old CLEAN T-shirt
- 4 cups Filtered/Purified Water
- 2.5 Tbsp Dried Echinacea Root Muddle to get some of the root into powder form
- 1 cup Fresh Elderberries Muddle berries to break them down
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks (whole)
- 1 tsp Whole Cloves
- 1/2 Lemon, sliced
- 2 inches Peeled & Sliced Ginger Root
- 3/4- 1 cup Raw Honey (Add AFTER items are cooked- thickens juice).
- Add all of the ingredients to a crock-pot (DO NOT ADD THE HONEY).
- Cook on High Heat for 6 hours.
- Use a med.- large mixing bowl and put a colander on top of the bowl.
- Line the colander with cheese cloth or an old thin T-shirt.
- Dump crock-pot mixture into colander and squeeze extra juice out of cheese cloth until no liquid is present.
- Pour in 3/4 cup of raw honey. This is thickening agent & sweetener. Use 1 cup if a thicker consistency is desired.
- Add mixture to (2) Mason Jars (equal distribution, roughly enough for one 32 oz. and one 16 oz. Mason Jar. Any jar will do, even old pickle jars are great!
Benefits of Echinacea
What is it about kids that attracts every form of vile grossness within a fifty-mile radius? The first memories of our children encountering VPK or pre-kindergarten classes was a nightmare. I worked from home, so my children stayed home, and we didn’t really experience “sickness” until the boys were corralled with all the other kids at school. Ugh, the agony of community germs was exhausting and overwhelming. When your kids are sick, it’s hard enough cleaning projectile vomit and other unmentionable horrors, but just the helpless feeling of not being able to make them better was such a roller-coaster of emotions.
Echinacea is an amazing natural plant that helps aid in the fight against colds and the flu. This plant also “promotes healthy cell growth, reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, and stimulates the immune system.” These properties are amazing, and scientists have documented Echinacea as helping get rid of a bug almost 2 days faster than doing nothing or taking over the counter medication alone. Just like everything, there is a warning that Echinacea use in children under 12 could lead to an allergic reaction, or anaphylactic shock however, the risk was extremely low and none of these cases have ever been reported (please see link: children under 12).
Here’s to a Healthy School Year
Back to school doesn’t mean the whole family needs to get sick. This easy home DIY remedy kicks a punch, but we should always remember to seek health care providers when necessary (fevers/headache/flu-like symptoms/earaches). Being proactive against the winter bug can help save a mom’s life (literally and metaphorically of course!) Keeping those kiddos healthy is our main goal, and when a simple homemade recipe can do just that, it’s amazing! Let us know what you do to keep the germs at bay during cold/flu season! We’d love to add these ideas to our mom-army, any advice can always help another mom in a time of need!