- ⅔ cups Organic dried Elder Berries (Sambucus Nigra)
- 3 1/2 cups Filtered water
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh ginger root grated
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4-1 cup (depends how sweet you like it. Raw Honey or Molasses
Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If exposed up dosage to 3x per day. If cold or flu strikes, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
Benefits of Elderberry
Elderberries naturally contain A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. Israeli researchers found that the complex sugars in elderberries support the immune system in fighting cold and flu. They developed several formulas based on these complex sugars that have been clinically shown to help ameliorate all kinds of cold/flu. In fact:
Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection, it prevents infection. Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. In a clinical trial, 20% of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed complete cure in three days. In contrast, subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla (do not add honey!)
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a potato masher or other flat utensil. Pour through cheese cloth and squeeze access into a glass jar or bowl. If you don\’t have cheesecloth or straining bag use a mesh strainer but clean it immediately to avoid a mess.
- Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add honey and stir well. We use 1/4 cup honey but can add more if you want it sweeter. Be sure to stir or shake before sampling b/c the honey tends to settle on the bottom. If fighting a cough or sore throat add more honey to coat the throat.
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into mason jars or glass bottle of some kind. We save our kumbucha bottles!!!
- Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity. I put it on shot glasses and my kids drink it like juice. Also great to mix with bubble water and sip!!!
- You can double the recipe and store for up to 2 weeks!