Cough, cold and flu season is here and we’ve been hearing quite a bit about the benefits of taking Elderberry Syrup. If you didn’t know already, Elderberries act as an immune booster and can help naturally alleviate symptoms of the common cold or flu.
Elderberries are an antioxidant and are high in vitamin A, B and C. These berries are a natural alternative that is effective for preventing and treating a cold or the flu.
Making Elderberry Syrup is one of the more common ways to get the benefits from this plant, as you cannot consume uncooked (raw) Elderberries. Certainly, you can buy elderberry syrup pre-packaged, or you could make it yourself. It’s really easy!
2/3 cup Dried Black Elderberries (Available at most natural food stores.)
3 ½ cups of Water
2 tablespoons Ginger Root (fresh or dried)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Cloves
1 cup Raw Honey (buy local if you can)
Pour water into a saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey yet).
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. (The smell of the elderberries cooking is quite strong. Be sure to crack a window or turn on your exhaust fan.)
Remove from heat and let cool enough to handle.
Pour syrup through a strainer or cheesecloth. Reserve all liquid. (Discard the elderberries.)
Once the liquid is no longer hot, add the honey. Stir until the honey is dissolved.
Store it in the fridge. It will last a few weeks.
Standard dose is 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. for kids and 1/2 Tbsp. to 1 Tbsp. for adults.
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