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Tips to help keep your family healthy during the holidays

The Passionate Homemaker is sharing tips to keep our bodies sharp for the holidays.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The holidays are typically full of joy and excitement. But they can also be stressful, especially when you or a family member becomes ill. 

The Passionate Homemaker Autumn Wolfenbarger is sharing tips to keep our bodies sharp for the holidays. 

Autumn's tips include: 

  • Be mindful of what  you are eating and drinking
  • Make time for physical activity
  • Elderberry syrup and vitamins 

Here is Autumn's Elderberry Syrup recipe to help fight off illnesses and keep you healthy during the season. 

DIY Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup


  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 cup raw honey, local if possible


  1. Add the elderberries, water, cinnamon, and ginger to the Instant Pot.
  2. Cook on Manual, High Pressure for 7 minutes.
  3. Perform a Quick Release.
  4. Strain the liquid into a bowl using a fine-mesh strainer, pressing the berries with a spoon or measuring cup to squeeze out as much of the valuable juice as possible.
  5. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir the honey into the warm (but not hot) liquid.
  7. Transfer to a glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. I like to use the wide mouth mason jars, either a quart jar or two-pint jars.
  8. Store in the refrigerator. Your homemade elderberry syrup will keep for at least a couple of months if you followed the recipe.

Dosing – Adults

I’ve read various “dosing” instructions, and here’s how I do it:

Prevention/Maintenance: 1 tablespoon daily

Treatment: 1 tablespoon every 4 hours while awake

Dosing – Children Over One-Year-Old

Prevention/Maintenance: 1 teaspoon daily

Treatment: 1 teaspoon every 4 hours while awake


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