There are as many ways to make elderberry syrup as there are cooks. Everyone has their own take on this medicine. So here’s mine… I think it tastes pretty good.
I definitely have a surplus of elderberries after finding a huge supply at the end of the summer!
Benefits of elderberries
Elderberries boost the immune system and have been used as a immune medicine for a very long time. They are anti-viral and can kill H1N1 virus. They have the most flavanoids of all berries. Flavanoids are anti-oxidants that protect cells and prevent numerous diseases in the body, including heart disease, metabolic disorders, and cancer. The flavanol in the most content in elderberries is quercetin, which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that has been found to prevent cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s), and prevent and treat cancer. Quercetin has been proven in a study to be part of a plan to successfully reduce tumor size. It helps support the respiratory system and helps break up phlegm and thus lessen a cough. It can shorten the duration of a cold or flu. Needless to say, elderberries are a powerful medicine.
These are the ingredients you will need:
1 cup fresh or frozen elderberries
1 cup water
¼-½ cup honey
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T ground ginger
1 cinnamon stick or 1 T cinnamon
Put water, berries, grated ginger, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan.
Bring mixture to a boil, then set heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, covered. Stir it from time to time. Turn off heat and let it sit until it is warm.
Strain with a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve.
Measure how much liquid you have and add equal parts honey. For example, if you have ½ c elderberry liquid, add ½ c honey. Stir until it is a smooth syrup.
Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help preserve the syrup. Pour the finished syrup into a clean bottle with a tight lid. Store it in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.
Take 1 tsp. per hour when sickness descends or 1 tsp. per day when healthy.
Note: Do not give to babies under 1 year old, as honey is not recommended for babies.
I hope you enjoy this medicine and that it brings you health!