Elderberries are considered one of the most therapeutic antiviral herbs on the planet!
Hippocrates, famously known as the ‘father of medicine,’ described the elderberry plant as his ‘medicine chest’ because of the many curative properties it had for addressing common health concerns.
Last week, my 11 year old son, Perry, got quite sick. It happened before my eyes – one minute he was chirpy and the next he was filling tissues, feeling hot and sweaty and not able to get out of bed. I assumed he was coming down with the flu, so I immediately jumped into kitchen healing mode. I popped on some of our favorite broth and then started researching one of my favorite subjects – GUMMIES! (I love cooking with gelatin) To get through the flu, my son needed some immune boosting jelly nuggets!
I soon discovered elderberry. The health benefits of the elder plant include reducing the symptoms of colds and flu, as well as helping with sinus issues, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and more. One study found that the duration of flu symptoms would be reduced if elderberry were taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms. I got busy – elderberry gummies to the rescue!
Poor Perry woke the next day covered in spots, so it wasn’t the flu after all, but chickenpox. Regardless, elderberry gummies were still just the right thing to support his immune system.
These flu busting gummies combine the immune boosting wonder of dried elderberry plus some other synergistic herbs – licorice root, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Making this medicinal syrup is very easy – simply simmer the herbs, add in some gut nurturing gelatin (I recommend this brand) and set in moulds or one dish and cut into bite-size cubes.
Elderberry gummies are a fun and delicious way to help battle childhood illness!
I bought dried elderberries from a naturopathic herb dispensary at my local organic store. If they are difficult to source in your area, buy them online.
- ¾ cup dried elderberries
- 1 tablespoon of dried licorice root
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, thinly sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 whole cloves
- 3 cups water
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of raw or manuka honey
- 2 ½ tablespoons of powdered gelatin
- ½ cup water (to bloom gelatin)
1. Combine the elderberries, water, and spices in a small saucepan and gentle boil on a low simmer for 45 minutes. While simmering, prepare the gelatin.
2. In a small ceramic bowl combine the gelatin powder and half cup of water. Stir for a moment and then set aside to ‘bloom’, swell.
3. Strain the infused berry and spice mixture through a nut-milk bag or muslin cloth into another saucepan or heatproof jug.
4. While the syrup is still hot, break apart the bloomed gelatin and add to the elderberry syrup. Stir for a moment until the gelatin dissolves. If your gelatin needs additional heat to fully dissolve, you can return the syrup to the stovetop, however, do not boil the syrup.
5. Add the honey and stir well.
6. Place the silicone moulds on a baking tray to make lifting to the fridge spill proof. Pour the syrup into the moulds and then transfer to the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set firm.
7. Pop the gummies out of the moulds and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week.