Several years ago I learned about elderberry syrup and it has been a staple of my wellness cabinet ever since.Research shows that…? Elderberry has antioxidant and antiviral effects.
? Taking 15 ml of elderberry syrup 4x a day improved flu symptoms 4 days faster.
? Taking 175 mg of elderberry 4x a day improved symptoms of fever, headache, muscle aches, and nasal congestion.
? People who take elderberry before traveling reported less severe symptoms and for a shorter duration of time.
Sambucol is the brand I used before I learned to make my own. There have been 2 specific research studies conducted with this brand here and here.
However, if you are a DIY type, here’s my recipe. It’s also easy to quadruple this recipe to make a big batch.
1 cup fresh elderberries (half for dried berries)
1 cup water
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cinnamon stick
Remove berries from stems. Add berries and water to a stockpot and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain off berries and cinnamon stick with cheesecloth. Add honey to elderberry juice and mix well. Add to a jar and refrigerate.
This will yield about 16 ounces.
I have successfully kept mine in the fridge for up to 3 months.
You can also freeze jars, just leave a little extra room at the top for expansion.
A trick to removing the fresh berries is to freeze them, then shake off the berries.
Remove as much of the bark/stem as you can but the little straggly stuff is okay.
I prefer to make a big batch at once using 4 cups berries (half for dried), 4 cups water, 1 cup honey, 1 cinnamon stick.
You can also add other immune-boosting agents like clove or goji berries.
WHERE TO BUY
I am privileged enough to have wild elderberries growing on my parent’s property but you can also buy dried elderberries that have already been removed from the stem. Links below.*