Elderberry syrup is an old herbal remedy for cold and flu season. Elderberries are known to have antiviral properties that can help alleviate symptoms of the common cold. It’s also shown to strengthen the immune system so it’s a great supplement to take as a preventative measure all winter long. Its chocked full of antioxidants and antimicrobial effects as well as vitamin A, B, and C.
Easy Elderberry Syrup Recipe:
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of fresh or dried elderberries (organic if you can)
- 1 cup of raw, local honey
- 6 cups of water
- 2 tbsp grated ginger
How to make elderberry syrup:
- Add your elderberries and water to a large pot and place on the stove.
- Bring mixture to a simmer, not a boil and add in the grated ginger and stir
- Keep simmering until the water has reduced by about half its original volume. This can take about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Then strain the berries from the liquid and pour the liquid into a large glass measuring cup.
- While the liquid is still warm, stir in your honey. Make sure you do this once it’s been removed from heat. Heating honey can remove its beneficial properties.
- After the mixture has cooled, pour it into a glass jar or other glass container for storage. This mixture can last up to 3 months in the fridge.
- Take one tsp per day as a preventative measure or up to 3 tsp a day when feeling under the weather.
Elderberry syrup has helped me (and countless others) combat the sniffles and the common cold for centuries. It’s super easy to make and definitely worth a try! Any chance I get to avoid taking regular medication, I’ll take and I can safely say I’ve avoided traditional cold medicine for years!
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