Elderberry Syrup and Honey Lemon Remedy

Elderberry Syrup

It’s our go to item every in the fall, winter, spring and summer.  Elderberry syrup.  It’s yummy.

Some have duct tape, we have elderberry syrup and vinegar.  It’s our answer to everything.

Elderberry syrup is used for its antioxidant properties.  It is used to improve vision, boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, and is great for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections.  Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the syrup destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People who have the flu who took elderberry syrup reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

What I do, is combine our honey with organic elderberries, cloves, -real- cinnamon and a dash of ginger.  Bottle it, refrigerate and drink.

Why Use Elderberry Syrup?

Why Not?

Elderberry syrup is one of the most popular herbal cold remedies in Europe and with people in ‘the know’.  Elderberries have been used for centuries and is one of the most well documented herbal cold remedies.

Elderberry syrup can be taken by the teaspoon (my kids love it) every 2-3 hours while sick, or use it regularly in your food, such as on pancakes!  Elderberry syrup is VERY high bioflavonoids and contains antioxidants as well as potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C.  We pour it on my hot cereal, grapefruit and waffles.  Who knew you could add one of the best herbal cold remedies on your breakfast!

Honey used is SO important to the quality of the elderberry syrup.  If you are trying to boost your immune system, why bother consuming honey harvested with nasty chemicals and yes sometime yes treated with antibiotics!  Use RAW LOCAL HONEY harvested from a beekeeper with the heart of a teacher.  If the beekeeper is not willing to talk about their hives, then assume there is something they are hiding   My father-in-law is the worlds greatest beekeeper.  He has Geo thermal heat, drives a Prius  tends an organic garden, AND treats his bees with the same natural respect he does his home.  So we use ONLY raw local honey from our family hives.

{Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy}

Thinly slice lemons and put into a jar add  a touch of sliced ginger.  Cover lemons and ginger with raw local honey.

Twist on the lid and  store in the refrigerator.   Over time it will turn into a ‘jelly’.  To use, take a spoon full and put it in a mug, pour boiling water over it, drink and be well.  This will last about 2-3 month in the fridge.

Thinking about making your own own Elderberry Syrup or Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy?  Do it!  Or go ahead and pick up some from us.


Raw Honey

What Is Raw Honey?

Raw Honey should not be associated with “raw” as in “raw” meat, or uncooked foods.  Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of flowers the bees collect, which then has been extracted.  Raw honey is simply unheated, pure, unpastueruized and unprocessed honey.

Raw Honey Remedy

When raw honey is mixed with ginger and lemon juice, it also can aid in the relief of nausea and supplies energy to the body. When mixed with elderberries, the syrup is a great remedy for fighting flu and colds.  Elderberry Heaven uses our honey in their remedy and I will attest to the power of this syrup.

Nutrition of Raw Honey

Raw honey is the healthiest choice amongst the various forms of honey as it has the most nutritional value.  Most of the honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but “commercial” regular honey, which has been pasteurized (heated at 70 degrees Celsius or more, followed by rapid cooling) and filtered so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and package. Pasteurization kills any yeast cell in the honey and prevents fermentation. It also slows down the speed of crystallization in liquid honey. On the downside, when honey is heated, its delicate aromas, yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body system are partially destroyed. Hence, raw honey is assumed to be more nutritious than honey that has undergone heat treatment. 

What Raw Honey Looks Like

Raw honey is should have fine textured crystals, raw honey looks milkier and contains particles and flecks made of bee pollen. Raw and unfiltered honey is relatively low in moisture content (14% to 18%) and has a high antioxidant level. It will usually granulate and crystallize to a margarine-like consistency after a month or two. Many people prefer to spread it on bread and waffles, dissolve it in hot coffee or tea, or use it for cooking and baking.

Among manufacturers there exists no uniform code of using the term “raw honey”. There are no strict legal requirements for labeling honey as “raw”. Using as little heat as possible is a sign of careful handling. The best way to know know that you are getting “raw honey” is to buy it from us or your local farmer’s market.  Look closely at the jar, and ask the beekeepers lots of questions about their processing.

Raw Honey…Yummy Honey!