Elderberries are an excellent remedy to resort to especially in cold weather months. They are dried berries that come from the Sambucus Nigra plant. They are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically related to curing a bad cold or even the flu.

 

Elderberry-Syrup-Recipe

 

A NATURAL REMEDY FOR MILD COLDS AND FLU?

There is certainly a time and a place for conventional medicine and doctors visits. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that conventional medicine can do for a common cold or even a mild case of the flu.

If you or your child has ever had a rough case of the common cold or the flu, you know how miserable it can be. Particularly for moms, it is awful to see your children feeling so bad and not be able to fix it. Thankfully, 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.

BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY

Elderberries naturally contain A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. Israeli researchers 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.

Elderberry syrup provides the concentrated immune-supporting benefits of black elderberries in a great-tasting way. My homemade recipe uses homemade elderberry concentrate with synergistic herbs like cinnamon and ginger, plus raw honey for an extra immune boost.

WHY MAKE YOUR OWN?

For one, you’ll save a lot of money!

Several natural elderberry syrups are available at health stores or online, but usually for around $15 or more for 4-8 ounces. This recipe makes 16 ounces for a cost of under ten dollars and kids love the taste!

You can also fully customize this recipe based on your needs and flavor preferences.

ELDERBERRY SYRUP RECIPE FOR FLU PREVENTION

A simple Elderberry syrup recipe made with dried Elderberries, honey, and herbs for an immune boosting and delicious syrup. Can be used medicinally or on homemade pancakes or waffles.
Serves: 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅔ cup dried black Elderberries (about 3 ounces)
  • 3½ cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon cloves or clove powder
  • 1 cup raw honey (we get from our farmer’s market)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour water into medium saucepan and add Elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  3. Discard the Elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
  4. When honey is well mixed into the Elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16-ounce glass bottle of some kind.
  5. Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.

STANDARD DOSAGE

Kids: ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon for kids.
Adults: ½ tablespoon to 1 tablespoon for adults.
If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

Q&A OF ELDERBERRY SYRUP

HOW LONG DOES ELDERBERRY SYRUP LAST IN THE FRIDGE?

The short answer is that it really depends. I’ve found that placing the finished syrup in a mason canning jar while it is still warm creates an air-tight seal and allows it to last much longer in the fridge, up to several months. As a general rule, it lasts about two weeks in the fridge, and I typically freeze whatever I won’t use during that time. You can also freeze small amounts in an ice-cube tray and defrost small amounts when needed.

source : justnaturalremedies.com