The winter to spring transition always hits my immunity hard. Which is why I’m thankful for elderberry syrup. Elderberry syrup does great to support the immune system to help prevent or overcome common sicknesses faster, which is especially helpful this time of year!
Elderberry syrup is a great go-to for the cold and flu season because its main ingredient, elderberries, are chock full of vitamins like A, B, and C, which do an amazing job at supporting the immune system. The remaining ingredients are also beneficial for boosting immunity, making a small amount serve a powerful punch.
My recipe for elderberry syrup is a little different than the typical. I’ve added orange peel powder (an ingredient commonly used in Chinese medicine) and cayenne pepper, both of which further boost the syrup’s effectiveness and enhance its overall flavor.
A Note About Cinnamon
Most people default to using cassia (Cinnamomum sp.) cinnamon, which is the common, swirly-looking cinnamon sticks. However, these are not the correct kind of cinnamon to use for this syrup. Cassia cinnamon contains higher levels of coumarin, which, when consumed regularly (such as daily), can cause damage to the liver.
The correct cinammon to use is Ceylon or sweet (Cinnamomum verum) cinnamon, which looks kinda papery and similar to bark (cause it kinda is bark). This type of cinnamon contains coumarin as well, but in a much, much smaller amount, meaning it won’t likely cause damage to the liver.
This syrup can be taken internally to boost your immunity before the ickies hit and after you start getting sick to help ward it off faster. Here are the servings:
- For Adults Ages 12 and Up. Take 1 tablespoon daily. When symptoms arise, take 1 tablespoon 3 or 4 times a day (about every 4 hours).
- For Children Ages 5 to 12. Take 1 teaspoon daily. When symptoms arise, take 1 teaspoon 3 or 4 times a day (about every 4 hours).
- For Children Ages 1 to 5. Take 1/2 teaspoon daily. When symptoms arise, take 1/2 teaspoon 3 or 4 times a day (about every 4 hours).
- For Children Under Age 1. Do NOT give this syrup to a baby under the age of 1 since it has honey. The best way to get the immune boosting benefits of this syrup to your baby is for the mother to take the adult serving of the syrup then nurse the baby as usual.