This is a great way to keep your family healthy and happy while saving pennies too!
Elderberries (also known as Sambucus or Sambucol) have long been used in folk medicine to prevent and treat the symptoms of the common cold and flu. These tiny purple-blue berries are rich in anti-oxidant flavonoids and anti-inflammatory anthocyanin. Even modern studies have proved the efficacy of elderberry extract. (source)
I first fell in love with elderberry syrup when I discovered that my children were more likely to take their fermented cod liver oil when given with this dark sweet liquid. I bought several bottles before I realized I could simply make it myself.
Not only is homemade elderberry syrup easy-peasy and scrumptious, but you also get to control exactly what goes in it.
This means you can avoid the junk in many popular brands including high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and ‘natural’ flavoring. Once you taste this stuff you will really wonder why it could possibly need additional flavoring!
This recipe is made with fresh ginger – used in Chinese medicine to warm and protect the digestion as well as fend off colds. Cinnamon is an immune booster that helps to resolve pain. Raw honey (which balances the extreme tartness of the berries) contains micro-nutrients and enzymes that give your body extra support as well. You can read about the benefits of raw honey here.
Take 1-2 teaspoons daily during cold and flu season (taking an occasional break for a day or two), increasing as needed if you start to feel rundown.
While it’s great on a spoon, we also like to drizzle elderberry syrup over french toast or swirl it into homemade yogurt.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe Ingredients
Elderberry Syrup Method
*If you are lucky enough to have elderberries growing wild near you, go on an elderberry picking expedition so you can use fresh berries for this recipe. Remove the berries from the stems, and prepare as above, using half of the filtered water.
Here in Southern California, wild elderberries are in season in later summer and bushy trees can be found throughout the canyons and mountains. As with any foraging, be sure to properly identify your plant before ingesting.
Thank you, Mystic Wolf, that does sound easy. I need to try this, and I can think of lots of things to do with it to.
Hello there Linda, I enjoy our group here and while I have the time I want to post recipes and tea information.