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If you haven’t heard of Elderberry Syrup yet, you are in for a treat. Elderberry Syrup is made from Elderberries (obviously) and is used in the prevention and treatments of colds and influenza.
Elderberry syrup has actually been shown to be more effective at preventing the flu than even the flu vaccine! The flu vaccine is only designed to protect against a few strains, Elderberry syrup kills ten strains of influenza.
Not only is elderberry syrup an amazing flu prevention but it can also be taken if you ever do come down with the flu. Elderberry syrup is truly amazing when it comes to influenza and sickness in general.
There is one downside to elderberry syrup; it can cost a lot! Many store bought elderberry syrups cost an average of $18.00 for just 8oz. This depends on brands and ingredients of course. Which brings me to another point; many store bought elderberry syrups contain ingredients that I would rather avoid such as sugar, preservatives, alcohol, or glucose.
The good news is that there is a way to make sure your elderberry syrup contains only ingredients that you want and save a lot of money. Simply make your own elderberry syrup and when I say simply, I mean simply! If you can make tea then you can make elderberry syrup.
½ cup dried elderberries or 1 cup fresh elderberries>
3 cups water
½ cup honey (raw is preferred)*
Bring water to boil in a saucepan, add in elderberries and reduce to a simmer.
Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until liquid has reduced by half.
Let the syrup cool and then strain through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or muslin.
Add in the honey once cool and stir.
Store your elderberry syrup in a jar in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can make large batches of elderberry syrup and can them or freeze them in mason jars.
Keeps for 2-3 months
Preventative: 1 Tbs/daily for adults, 1 tsp/daily for children over 1 year.
Illness Remedy: 1 Tbs/2-3 hours for adults, 1 tsp/2-3 hours for children over 1 year.
*Warning: Honey is not safe for children under 1 year.
Don’t know where to find elderberries? Some people have access to fresh elderberries but for those of us who do not, simple go with dried elderberries. You might be able to find them in some natural stores but if not then you can buy them at Amazon like I do.
Wait! Don’t toss those elderberries down the drain! You can reuse them one more time!