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Learn how to make Elderberry syrup today.
I have been using this Elderberry Syrup Recipe for a few years now and I am convinced that it reduces the severity of coughs, colds, and the flu. It even has the potential to prevent illnesses as well.
Most recently the stomach flu appeared in our house. I gave everyone a spoon of Elderberry Syrup a day, as soon as symptoms appeared. The only symptoms everyone had were fatigue, headache, and a stomachache. No gastro issues otherwise. AND symptoms cleared up within 24 hours.
There are a lot of Elderberry Syrup Recipes out there. And I’ll admit, my kids are not a huge fan of Elderberry Syrup. So I’ve adjusted my Elderberry Syrup Recipe to make it more palatable to kids tastes.
I’ve found this recipe lasts in the refrigerator for several weeks. You can add a dash of salt, or several drops of grapefruit seed extract as a preservative.
Personally, I am a huge fan of grapefruit seed extract as it can also be used to prevent illnesses.
So what is Elderberry Syrup? It’s a syrup made from dried elderberries. Elderberries are the fruit from a flowering plant known as Sambucus. Many parts of the Sambucus plant can be poisonous, so it’s important to always cook Elderberries. That being said, Elderberries are known to have many health benefits including boosting the immune system and protecting against bacteria and infection.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup dried black elderberries (Sambucus nigra)
- 4 cups water
- One inch piece of fresh ginger
- One cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon dried cloves
- 1 cup raw honey (or more to sweeten)
Dash of sea salt, or several drops of grapefruit seed extract as a preservative
Elderberry Syrup Recipe Instructions
- Add elderberries, water, ginger, cinnamon stick, and dried cloves to a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, over high heat, and then reduce to a simmer.
- Continue to simmer until the liquid has been reduced by half.
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Strain the mixture through a strainer, being sure to press down on the berries so that you release all of the liquid.
- Discard the solid ingredients.
- When the mixture is completely cooled, stir in the raw honey thoroughly.
- Add a dash of sea salt, or several drops of grapefruit seed extract as a preservative.
Store in the fridge (in a glass jar) and take a dose daily during the cold and flu season, or when you first feel the signs of illness.
Children should take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily. Adults can take 1/2 to 1 tablespoon daily. Increase dose to every 3 hours when you are sick.
As with any natural remedy, if taking daily, you should take a dosage break from time to time.
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