the first time i used elderberry syrup at the onset of cold symptoms, i was blown away at the results. there was an instant and very noticeable complete turn around! since then, i have used elderberry syrup each time i've started to feel that yucky-oh-no-what's-happening feeling and have delightfully felt better every time. i've got my entire family using it and we have all had the same results: feeling better and getting over symptoms much quicker than usual!
taking elderberry syrup on a regular basis can also help combat seasonal colds and the flu, especially during winter. that said, buying elderberry syrup at the health food store can add up quickly.
these tiny elderberries pack a huge punch: they are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Potassium, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Phosphorus, Bioflavonoids and Antioxidants.
here's my favorite recipe for making elderberry syrup at home!
2/3 cups dried black elderberries
2 tbs fresh ginger root
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp cloves
3.5 cups water
1 cup local raw honey*
*feel free to use another natural sweetener like maple syrup or agave syrup if you prefer. also, remember not to give honey to children under age 1.
1) add all of the ingredients (except for the honey!) into a medium sized saucepan. bring to a boil and let simmer 30-45 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by about half.
2) strain the berry mixture, mashing the berries into the sieve to extract all the juice.
3) add the honey (or other natural sweetener) to the juice and mix well.
4) place in a glass jar and keep refrigerated.
for preventive care, adults take 1 tbs daily and children 1 tsp daily. if sick, up this dose to 1 tbs per hour for adults and 1 tsp per hour for children.
if you've never tried it before, i think you'll really love it. plus, it tastes delicious!