I made it through the whole Winter without getting sick only to have a cold strike me this Spring! Grrr! I wasn’t about to give in and settle for a 2 week cold. I knew I needed to whip up a batch of homemade elderberry syrup so I’d have a fighting chance at kicking this thing in less time! Elderberry syrup is great for cold and flu prevention as well as reducing the duration of a cold or flu. This elderberry syrup recipe is easy to make and only takes about an hour from start to finish. Most of that time is simmering it on the stove so you aren’t actively making it for that long.
This elderberry syrup recipe uses the dried berries of the Sambucis Nigra plant. These berries are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically shown to help beat the cold and flu more quickly. Elderberries contain high levels of A, B, and C vitamins and they help stimulate the immune system to prevent or treat cold and flu. You can buy natural elderberry syrup but it will cost you about $16 for just 4-8 ounces. This recipe will make about 16 ounces for under ten dollars and it tastes better than the varieties I have tried from the store.
You will need black elderberries to make this elderberry syrup recipe. I bought mine in bulk from Amazon and saved a bundle. They are freeze dried and keep for a long time so by buying them in a one pound bag I am able to make a ton of elderberry syrup from just one bag. Plus I love that the black elderberries sold on amazon are also organic! At around $17 for a pound of dried berries you’ll be far ahead because you can make so many batches from this one bag. Just store it in a cool, dry place inside an airtight container.
You’ll also need raw honey for this recipe. Raw honey differs from processed honey in that it retains beneficial enzymes that heat destroys. Be careful to follow the recipe closely so you don’t kill those benefits of the raw honey by adding it to your syrup too soon! You need to wait until it cools! Raw honey has also been shown to help with allergies so it is most beneficial to buy your raw honey locally. If you are unable to find raw honey that is local to you then you can buy raw honey here. The reason it is so beneficial to buy local raw honey is because the bees have used pollen from your own local plants so if you suffer from allergies the honey made with that pollen can benefit you in reducing your allergic response to those allergens.
To make the elderberry syrup you will need to simmer the berries with water, ginger, cinnamon and cloves for about 45 minutes. This will reconstitute the berries and reduce them into a syrup. It’s important not to add the raw honey until after the mixture has finished simmering and cooled completely.
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