There’s nothing I love more than knowing enough about essential oils, herbs, tinctures, and homemade medicines to make something with my own two hands to tend to the people I love. There is something about crafting a tincture, salve, or solution from high-quality natural ingredients that is so satisfying. When I make my wintertime medicines, this is always first on my list.
I believe it helps me and my family keep our immune systems healthy. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious on pancakes!
I started out using this recipe from my real life friend Cara who writes at Health, Home, and Happiness. I love that recipe fits perfectly into a quart sized jar. It’s the small things in life!
Benefits of Elderberries, Hibiscus, and Camu Camu:
- Elderberries: vitamin C, reduce swelling, fight inflammation, boost immune system
- Cinnamon: antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal
- Cloves: antiviral, fight inflammation, minerals
- Star Anise: antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, boost immune system
- Hibiscus: vitamin C, antioxidant
- Ginger: antiviral, fight inflammation, settles stomach
- Vanilla Bean: flavoring, B vitamins, minerals
- Camu Camu: very high in vitamin C, fight inflammation, antioxidant
- Raw Honey: antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, B vitamins, minerals
Together, I believe these ingredients make a sort of homemade superfood that can help your body better fight off germs and infection by supporting a healthy immune system!
How to Use Elderberry Syrup:
I like to take my elderberry syrup straight with my morning cod liver oil, probiotics, Juice Plus, and min-col. It’s so tasty that I like to offer it as the last spoonful of our morning vitamins to my kids as a reward for their cooperation taking cod liver oil straight off the spoon! I am not so brave and take mine in capsules.
I like to also use elderberry syrup on pancakes and waffles, and it tastes so good that there is nothing medicinal about it. It’s a gourmet berry syrup that just happens to be excellent for your health.
You can also take it mixed into applesauce, blended into smoothies or milkshakes, stirred into coffee or herbal tea, or in homemade yogurt.
- measuring cups and spoons
- medium-sized saucepan
- wooden spoon
- large glass bowl
- large glass measuring cup
- large strainer
- quart sized glass jar
- wide mouth storage lids
Elderberry Syrup with Hibiscus and Royal Camu
4 cups water (get a water filter here)
1 cup dried elderberries (or 2 cups fresh) (find elderberries here)
2 cinnamon sticks (find cinnamon sticks here)
5 cloves (find cloves here)
5 star anise (find star anise here)
2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers* (find hibiscus flowers here)
1 teaspoon dried ginger or one inch peeled fresh ginger (find ginger here)
1/4 vanilla bean (find vanilla beans here)
1/4 cup camu camu powder (find royal camu powder here or here)
2 cups honey (find raw honey here)
*you can also use rose hips (find rose hips here)
- In a medium saucepan, add the water, elderberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, hibiscus, ginger, and vanilla bean.
- Turn on the heat and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, mix the honey with the camu camu powder in the glass bowl, stirring until the powder is no longer dry and completely incorporated. Set aside.
- Set the large glass measuring cup down and place the strainer over it.
- As soon as the elderberry mixture is done simmering, pour it through the strainer and into the measuring cup, pressing with the back of the wooden spoon to get as much of the liquid out as possible.
- Let the elderberry mixture cool for 15 minutes or so, and then pour over the honey-camu–camu mixture, stirring to combine until the honey dissolves.
- Pour the finished syrup into a glass quart mason jar, cap with the storage lid, label, and store in the fridge.