Mitten’s healing elderberry syrup recipe! Community Recipes is a recurring feature where I ask a community member to share a vegan recipe with us. This week I’m featuring Mitten Lowe and her healing elderberry syrup. I first tried elderberry syrup a few years ago when I was feeling tired, run-down and had an almost summer cold- you know when you feel sickness coming towards you but it is not quite full blown yet.
Elderberry Syrup Facebook Connection
I am in a online facebook women’s group with Mitten and a few weeks ago, I saw Mitten post online about her Elderberry syrup. I sent her a private message to ask her if she would share her recipe with the Jewish Food Hero community and she said yes!
Mitten Lowe lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and is a mother of two, a wife, and a committed community member. She is a healer and owner of Journey to Wellness. She provides one-to-one treatments and facilitates group retreats that offer natural treatments for modern pathologies such as adrenal fatigue, gut healing, and food toxification.
Elderberry Syrup Origin Story
Mitten started making organic elderberry syrup for her family because she wanted the amazing immune power of elderberries without the fructose or glycerine in store bought elderberry syrup. To add to the immune benefits, she began making her syrup with organic dried elderberry, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, cloves and raw honey.
This Elderberry Syrup Ships All All Over the USA!
It turns out that this amazing immune tonic was delicious and loved by both children and adults. Mitten now teaches others to make elderberry syrup in Boulder, CO and ships her delicious elixir all over the country. Every batch that she makes is 100% organic, kosher, and made with local raw honey. This syrup is fresh and can be stored in the fridge for up to three months or can be frozen right away for up to a year. Mitten feeds her leftover cooked elderberries to her chickens!
Adults take one tablespoon a day for maintenance and the children can take one teaspoon per day. You can multiply that by 4 when a person is feeling unwell.
Note: Homemade elderberry syrup is not thick like syrup, more like elderberry juice!
Elderberry Syrup Benefits
Here are just a few of the incredible benefits of Elderberries:
- Boost the immune system
- Fight and protect against bacterial infections
- Fight and protect against viral infections
- Reduce the symptoms and duration of a cold or the flu
- helps clear sinus infections
- has natural diuretic effects and promotes bowel movements
- anti-inflammatory properties
- anti-carcinogenic properties
- eases symptoms of allergies
- high in antioxidants
- high in vitamin A, which makes it great for healthy skin
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Healing and simple to make Elderberry Syrup
3/4 c. dried organic elderberries
3 c. filtered or spring water
1-2 organic cinnamon sticks
1 TB organic ginger, peeled
1 tsp organic whole cloves
3/4 – 1 c. organic raw honey
- Order your elderberries ahead of time
- In a large saucepan, bring the elderberries, cinnamon stick, cloves, ginger, and water to a boil.
- Cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for 50-60 minutes.
- Cool the syrup base, but not completely. Just enough to handle so that the honey will dissolve, but not so hot that you lose the raw benefits of the honey
- Mash the berries with a fork while still in the pan.
- Drain the liquid using a nut milk bag, cheese cloth, or fine mesh strainer. Mitten prefers a nut milk bag.
- Be sure to press all of the liquid out of the berries
For this recipe, you will need these tools: medium to large stainless steel stock pot, large stainless steel spoon, nut milk bag, cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer and measuring cups and spoons
Order Mitten’s healing elderberry syrup here.