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As a mom, I sometimes struggle with being overly paranoid about germs. It’s not that I think germs are so horribly awful because if your immune system is healthy, you should be able to fight off most germs, but I just don’t like seeing my kids sick.
My goal is to find balance in how to keep my kids healthy without turning into hermits during cold and flu season. I want to build healthy kids with functioning immune systems.
Part of my arsenal is using elderberry syrup. Elderberry rocks as an anti viral and I am comfortable using it as a preventive for my kids. You can find more information on elderberry in my post, here.
My kids LOVE elderberry syrup and would drink a ton of it if I let them. I like to use small daily doses when we are around others that get sick or if I feel my kids are trying to fight something off.
Elderberry syrup is versatile and I will often add extra herbs to help either fight an active infection or just to help modulate our immune systems. My recipe uses astragalus, which I love for helping keep the immune system balanced.
This recipe will show you how to make elderberry syrup gummies, which is super easy and kids love them. Plus, it adds a healthy dose of gelatin which is great for happy guts.
It may seem strange but I add apple cider vinegar to my syrup. I think it cuts the overly sweet flavor plus it adds so many health benefits. In fact, when I made this batch my eight year old said it didn’t have enough vinegar! (He is my tart man.)
I don’t have any fancy molds so I just use a mini muffin pan.
For this recipe, I got 30 gummies, which is great to give one a day for a month. I also have to make a pan of non vitamin gummies when I do this because they would eat them all if I let them. 😉
- ½ cup fresh elderberries (Use ¼ cup if using dried berries)
- 1 cup water
- a few astragalus sticks (Optional, you can add just about any other dried herbs)
- ¼ cups apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup honey (If your kids like sweeter, add more)
- ¼ cup gelatin
- Add elderberries and astragalus to water and simmer for 30 minutes
- strain herbs and pour liquid back into pan
- Add vinegar and gelatin and stir until smooth. (May need to heat a bit)
- Add honey and stir in
- Pour into mini muffin pan or any other mold
An easy to help keep your sweeties healthy and happy! Keep checking back to the blog as I will be posting my recipe for multi vitamin gummies for your kids.
This post is linked at Real Food Forager for Fat Tuesdays.