I’m Sarah, a Naturopathic Doctor, wellness enthusiast and health-foodie. I’m a well-being advocate and green kitchen guru who is living my true purpose while guiding patients through their personal health journeys. I’m also a complete and utter health food fanatic who wants to see everyone benefit from eating healing foods!
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Not only are elderberries delicious, they also happen to be one of the most well-studied herbal medicines, and a staple in this doctor’s natural medicine cabinet. Elderberry syrup created from dried elderberries has powerful immune-boosting properties which makes it my go-to prescription for both kids and adults at this time of year.
Studies show that elderberry supplementation can reduce cold duration and symptoms because it’s high flavonoid content actually binds to the H1N1 human influenza virus as well as the H5N1 avian influenza virus in order to eliminate them from your system more quickly. The best time to supplement with elderberry extract is within the first 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. If you catch the virus early enough elderberry can shorten the duration of flu symptoms by an average of four days.
I love snacking on these tasty little gummies daily in the fall and winter. Not only do they boost your immune system but they’re also truly delicious. I’m a major herb-nerd so I made these gummies from wild-crafted elderberries that I foraged and dried earlier this year but any simple elderberry syrup from the health food store will work if you don’t have access to fresh elderberry in your area. Wishing you a happy healthy fall from this doctor’s kitchen.
Combine elderberry syrup, honey and gelatin in small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until gelatin has completely dissolved and the ingredients are well-mixed. Remove from heat and immediately transfer to a silicone mold using a dropper (amazon sells great gummy kits that include both gummy molds and droppers). Once the mold is full, place in fridge for 30 minutes until hardened. Gummies can be stored in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.