Elderberry syrup is a useful remedy to boost your immune system, improve cold and flu symptoms, and also aid in upper respiratory infections by thinning and reducing mucus secretions. I usually take a spoonful each week for prevention Fall through Spring, and if I do feel as though I am getting sick I will take it daily until its passing. It’s so delish!
Note: You can also add hot water to make a tea out of this!
1 cup of fresh or ½ cup of dried elderberries (organic if possible)
3 cups of distilled water
2-3 tbsp. raw local honey
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp. of fresh ginger
Place berries, water and spices in a saucepan. Boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Smash the berries to release remaining juice. Strain the mixture and let stand for 10-15 minutes before stirring in the honey.
Store in the fridge for up to 2-3 months. Take a tbsp. daily to ward off illness and a teaspoon every 2-3 hours while sick. For children less than two years of age add the syrup to hot water to kill any microbes in the honey. This also makes for a yummy cup of elderberry tea for adults!
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.