Elderberry syrup is a tasty, immune-boosting treatment for colds and the flu. Here’s how to make this magic elixir.
How to Make Elderberry Syrup
I grew up thinking that elderberries just made a delicious pie. (And when I say “delicious,” I mean my all-time favorite pie. If you have never tried it, you really must!)
But in recent years, I have discovered that the true strength of these tiny berries is in their medicinal powers.
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They are chock-full of flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamins. And, in my opinion, they are the most powerful tool we have to fight colds and the flu.
My mother, in her last few years, had a lot of heart problems and a significantly weakened immune system. But by giving her a tablespoon of elderberry syrup each morning, I helped her avoid colds and flu. Even the couple of times that she did develop cold symptoms, they were decidedly lessened by this magical (and tasty) elixir.
Elderberries can be purchased online from any number of sources, or the plants can be easily grown if you have space for a couple of larger bushes.
They mature quickly to about 6 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide.
If you’d like to make my elderberry syrup, here’s the recipe:
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
1 c. elderberries
1 tsp. cinnamon
5 whole cloves
1 Tbsp. powdered ginger
2 c. water
1/2 Tbsp. citric acid
Cover and bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, until reduced by half (about 20-30 minutes). Strain. Add 1 cup of honey. To can this recipe, preserve it by hot water bath for 7 minutes. Makes 3 jelly jars.
You can also simplify things by using The Grow Network’s DIY Elderberry Syrup Kit, which provides you with everything you need to get started.
This article was an entry in our October–December 2014 writing contest and was originally published on December 9, 2014. The author may not currently be available to respond to comments, however we encourage our Community members to chime in to share their experiences and answer questions!
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