Elderberry Immune Syrup with less sugar!
Need a Low Sugar Elderberry Immune Syrup to get well and stay well?
We have learned how wonderful elderberries are for our immune system! Staying well is super important, and kicking a virus fast is top priority!
That’s why I shared my recipe for Elderberry Immune Syrup last cold and flu season. Please see the original recipe here. See also more ideas in this post, Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season.
The above recipe is a great one! It stores for long-term, and has so many therapeutic ingredients, like echinacea, ginger, and essential oils. I stand by it ? percent!
However, if you sometimes want a quick, low-sugar option, that you’ll be using up quickly, my recipe here might be a good fit for you. Because of the low sugar, this recipe does not store for months, but should be used up within a week or so. No problem if you’re treating your whole family!
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Low Sugar Elderberry Immune Syrup
Combine in a saucepan:
1/2 cup dried elderberries
2 cups water
2 Tbs Echinacea root, dried
2 Tbs Fresh Ginger, chopped
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer with lid off for 20 minutes to reduce to half. Strain.
You will have 1 cup liquid
2-3 Tbs Wildflower Honey
OR Vegetable Glycerin
Juice of 1-2 lemons
1/2 tsp Stevia Powder
Lemon essential oil–one drop–improves flavor
Orange essential oil–one drop–improves flavor
Vitamin C drops or powder–to boost immune enhancing properties. I added 2 tsp Swanson C Powder
Grapefruit seed extract–one drop per ounce of liquid (1 cup= 8 drops)–boosts immunity, kills germs, preserves, antiviral
Vitamin D drops–to boost immune enhancing properties
This recipe makes a little more than a cup of syrup.
You’ll want to refrigerate this syrup and slurp it up within a week or so!
I made this Low Sugar Elderberry Immune Syrup this week, and my family actually likes it better than the original! The original is pretty sweet! This version is a little tart, but pleasantly so!
I added orange essential oil, the Vitamin C powder, of the optional add-ins.
We are taking 2 tsp twice to three times a day to keep our immune systems happy!
For articles and studies about the effectiveness of elderberry as an immune booster, head over to my original recipe for Elderberry Immune Syrup, where I’ve listed many interesting links to these studies.
Let me know if you try it and what you and your crew thinks about the flavor!
Great recipe for those of us that are supposed to not eat any sugar, thanks
Linda, you can leave out all of the honey if you can’t have any sugar. The stevia does help a lot. The syrup will be less thick but it’s no problem! I prefer not to use a lot of sugars when sicknesses are going around!
It’s good to know you can make this with stevia instead of sugar. I have made it with honey too. Thanks for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays 🙂