Elderberry Syrup Recipe
As the weather is getting cooler and we are all going to be prone to cold or the flu, one of the best things to have on hand is Elderberry Syrup. You can make this at home and keep it handy to give to yourself or your little ones. This will help boost the immune system and keep sickness at bay. I also suggest getting a bottle of OnGuard if you haven't done so.
How Does Elderberry Syrup Keep You Healthy?
There is certainly a time and a place for modern medicine and paying your doctor a visit. This post is not intended to deter you from that. But let's be real, there just isn’t much that your doctor can do for a common cold or even a mild case of the flu. Rest and lots of fluids is usually the "prescription".
And I'm sure we have all suffered through our own case of the cold or flu, but it's worse when it's your child. Seeing them and how miserable they are is especially hard on parents. You want to make them feel better, and fast! Thankfully, Mother Nature provides some remedies that can help avoid minor illnesses and shorten the duration if you do get them.
Black elderberries (sambucus nigra) have been shown to help avoid these illnesses and speed recovery in those who already have them. I’ve also found that elderberries seem to offer some relief of discomfort during minor illnesses.
Elderberries naturally contain A, B, and C vitamins and help to boost the immune system. Research has found that the complex sugars in elderberries support the immune system in fighting cold and flu. They developed several formulas based on these complex sugars that have been clinically shown to help ameliorate all kinds of cold/flu. In fact:
Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection, it prevents infection. Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. In a clinical trial, 20% of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed complete cure in three days. In contrast, subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.
So, here's the recipe. Let me know what you think of it!
1 cup Elder berries (4oz net wt)
4 cups water
1 cup Honey
Combine berries and water in a saucepan. Bring it up to a boil and down to a simmer. Simmer until the mixture is reduced by half the volume. Strain the elder berries out. Combine the leftover liquid (about 2 cups) with 1 cup of honey. Bottle, store in fridge for longest shelf-life. Yields: 24 fl. oz of syrup.