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.


Honey Recipe: Green Salad & Dressing

Green Salad and Dressing

Here’s another great honey recipe.  Serve this green salad and dressing with your favorite pasta dish.  Yum!  It’s so easy to make

Lettuce (botersla)
just a bit of rucola (chopped),
lardons (ontbijtspek),
soft boiled egg and a dressing of:

2 T limejuice
2 T olive oil
1 t whole grain mustard (Limburgse)
2 t honey
1 t fresh thyme, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
pepper, salt

This is also make for a great meal in and of itself.  Try it today!

Honey Recipe: Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip Recipe

This honey recipe is an all time favorite, the kids love it too!  This kid friendly recipe is sure to spark an interst in cooking and on your taste buds.  Best yet, it’s a simple recipe and fast to make!

Here is what you need:

  • Almond Butter (any kind of nut butter will work, you can even use good ole Jiff peanut butter),
  • Vegenaise (this is what we like, but you can use any may-o substitution you want, or use just regular ole Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip)
  • And a drizzle of Honey.


 Simply take a scoop of your nut butter and an equal amount of Vegnaise and mix together.  Should blend together easily and will look like picture below.  Kids can do this step!


Add a drizzle of honey.  My children just LOVE to add the honey (to anything).  So I am always careful to keep a watchful eye for portion control on this step.  Then mix again.


Server with mixed fruit.  We had apples, bananas and green grapes.

WaLaa: A wonderful simple lunch.

[Don’t judge, my kids love the peanut butter crackers!  ;-)]

The proof is in the eating!

IMG_20110811_125037.jpgLiam Lovin’ Lunch

Claire Dipping Apple












If you liked this Honey Recipe check out a few others:

Honey Baked Ham Fruit Leather  Popcorn