Gogi berries, if you didn't know, are considered a superfood. You may be familiar with them for their Chinese name, wolfberries. These dried berries have been used for many centuries to support wellness. They are most widely known for the 11 essential amino acids they contain. Additionally, they are powerful antioxidants, fiber-rich, may reduce inflammation, support healthy blood sugar levels, may boost energy, may support healthy cholesterol, and they may help boost your immune system! You can eat these babies straight out of the bag, toss them in your trail mix, or top-off a salad with them.
Typically we use elderberry syrup in our house for an immunity boost, but I was late in purchasing them this year and now with COVID-19 the price on Amazon went up even higher. So, in an attempt to find an alternative I made this syrup instead. I think it's been a win in our house and I plan to keep making it. The nice thing is, goji berries are relatively easy to find. I purchased these at Natural Grocers for $7.99.
Give it a whirl and let me know what you think. Don't forget you can pin the recipe for later.
2/3 C. goji berries, dried
1/2 a lemon
3 1/2 C. water (filtered water, if possible)
1 in. piece of fresh ginger root, peeled
3 cinnamon sticks
3/4 C. raw honey
*3 drops of lemon vitality essential oil (optional)
1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan.
2. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, cool and then strain through a mesh sieve
4. Pour the strained liquid into a blender, add the honey, and the lemon essential oil, if you are using it.
5. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Children take 1 tsp daily and adults take 1 Tbsp. daily.