This cold and flu season has seemed never ending. Just when you think you might have climbed out of the sniffles and sore throat, wham, it hits you again. At least, that’s how it felt in my house.
I’ve been searching for ways to fit more immunity-supporting foods into my diet, to try to mitigate or even prevent future sickness, and one of my favorite supplements in my immunity toolkit is elderberry, or sambuca. This tasty berry is said to help shorten or reduce flu and cold symptoms; even WebMD admits that this natural remedy may have some merit:
“A specific syrup containing elderberry juice (Sambucol, Nature’s Way) seems to relieve flu symptoms and reduce the length of time the flu lasts when taken by mouth within 24-48 hours of the first symptoms. Some research also shows that an elderberry lozenge (ViraBLOC, HerbalScience) also reduces symptoms of the flu. Symptom relief seems to occur within 2 to 4 days of treatment for most people.”
I usually stock up on elderberry gummies (and our whole family downs them like candy), but it occurred to me that I could try making my own—after all, thanks to our partner Great Lakes Gelatin, I am rich in gelatin right now, and I’ve been reading so many community recipes for homemade gummies it seemed silly not to.
I found this recipe on Wellness Mama for homemade elderberry gummies and got to work! It’s literally the easiest recipe on the planet; there are three ingredients and one of them is water. Even if you’re sick as a dog with the flu, you could probably still handle this one.
She suggests making your own elderberry syrup, but I kept it simple and picked up some organic syrup at my local pharmacy. You basically just mix the three ingredients together (check her recipe for proportions), and let it set in your fridge for a few hours.
I don’t have any gummy molds (yet) so I just poured the mixture into a glass container. After a couple hours of chilling, my gummies were a beautiful, inky, silky slab:
I cut them up into gummy-sized pieces and shared them with my family.
It was so easy—and they vanished so quickly—I think I’ll be making these nightly, as long as flu season stays with us.
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