Elderberry Syrup has been a folk remedy for centuries!
These berries contain large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, bioflavonoids, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, B, a large amount of vitamin C and more. This immune boosting natural remedy has been proven to help prevent and speed up recovery from the flu, colds, sore throat, excessive mucus, bacterial/viral infections and tonsillitis.
2/3 cup fresh or dried elderberries
3.5 cups filtered water
2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp freshly ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly ground cloves
3/4 cup raw unfiltered honey
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Combine elderberries, water and spices in a saucepan; bring to a boil then cover and lower to a simmer for 40 minutes. Let the syrup cool until it’s just warm and pour through a strainer into a glass container like a mason jar. Be sure to smash the berries to get all the juice out, then you can toss them into your compost :) Once the syrup is about room temperature, add the honey and lemon juice. The lemon juice helps to prolong it’s shelf life; the syrup will stay good in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 months.
Adults – take 1 tbsp daily, 5 days out of the week for prevention during flu/cold season. You can take a tablespoon twice a day at the onset of illness and then every 2-3 hours when sick. *There is no evidence showing any risk of taking elderberry syrup during pregnancy.
Children (ages 2 and up because of the raw honey) – same as above except just a teaspoon instead of tablespoon.