This Natural Cold Remedy: Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe is a time tested remedy and well loved for a reason.
don’t realize how completely EASY and FRUGAL it is to make your own elderberry syrup (and it tastes really good!!). It costs on average $15 for you to buy an 8oz bottle that is already made for you. I bought a 1 pound bag of dried elderberries on Amazon for under $17, made a large batch, and still have enough elderberries to make one more batch at least! Elderberries are being sold out everywhere right now because it is winter. People know about and believe in this remedy. Amazon still has some: HERE. I’m guessing more places will be in stock again by the beginning of February.
Elderberries (sambucus) have been used traditionally to fight off cold and flu symptoms by boosting your immune system. They have high levels of Vitamins A, B, and C.
The Journal of International Medical Research posted a study in 2004 comparing the use of Elderberry syrup by people with the flu to those who took a placebo (60 people total). “Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.” (1)
We’ve heard of the powerful effects of different types of flavonoids found in blueberries, chocolate, tea and many vegetables. These flavonoids have been shown to boost immune systems and have antiviral activity. Black Elderberries are full of flavonoids, which is why they seem to do such a great job. Combine them with other ingredients that boost your system like cloves, cinnamon, and lemon, and you have yourself a powerhouse of a concoction.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe
To Use: Take 1 tsp daily to boost immune system and help prevent colds. If sick, take up to 1 tsp per hour. (1/2 for small children). You can also eat it over pancakes, in teas, etc. It’s really yummy!!
How Long Does it Keep: 2 months or so unopened in the refrigerator (the lemon helps to elongate its shelf life), OR you can can 8oz jars and refrigerate opened jars (This is what I do so that it’s ready when I need it).
Ingredients: RAW honey, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger (all fresh if you can do it) all make this a great vitamin and flavonoid boosted syrup.
- Combine elderberries and water in a saucepan and bring to 180 degrees. Do not let it boil. Simmer in this state for 30 minutes.
- Turn burner to low and add cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Let sit on low for 1 hour.
- Remove from heat and add lemon and honey, stirring until honey is dissolved.
- Taste, add more honey if needed.
- Strain through a cheese cloth, coffee filter, or a cloth and discard berries.
- Store in an airtight jar for up to 2 months.
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