Elderberry Syrup Recipe
I heard about elderberry syrup a long long time ago and never really got around to making it. In my herbal studies I found that elderberries are so useful during the winter months to ward against the flu, colds, or any other seasonal illness. I still thought about making it but never got the ingredients....and then I could feel myself starting to get sick. I didnt want to take antibiotics and I was so mad at myself for having good intentions of making the stuff and never going through with it. Now I was wishing I had it by my side to help ward off my sickness. I was able to use other herbs that helped but unfortunatly it was too late. The herbs just were not working enough to get rid of my sickness and I had to take antibiotics. Which if you know me well enough, you would know I HATE antibiotics. (More on that in another post.)
After I got better I set out to find these elderberries and make this syrup but because its the season for making elderberry syrup and everyone knows it, I could not find elderberries in stock anywhere! I finally found a place that had them in stock and on sale after a few weeks of searching and I bought a ton! Now my family can use this syrup anytime we feel the slightest cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, whatever! I am confident we will be covered!
Here is a great recipe on how to make elderberry syrup. It takes little effort and is great for boosting your immune system when you are starting to feel sick or to take while you already are sick. It is also great on pancakes or other foods. You can also just use dried elderberries and make a tea.
To make the elderberry syrup you will need:
4 cups of water
2 cups dried elderberries
1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 to 1 tsp of powder cinnamon to your taste
1 tsp fresh or dried ginger root
raw local honey or agave (for vegans)
1) First, combine elderberries and water in a pot and bring to a boil
2) Once boiling turn heat down and let simmer for 30-40 minutes
3) Turn off the heat and smash the berries in the water
4) Strain the berries through a cheesecloth to squeeze out the juice.
5) Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of raw honey or agave
6) Heat the honey and juice until mixed well and bottle in sterilized glass jars.
I reuse the elderberry pulp and make tea out of it by covering the berries with water and heating until it starts boiling. Then I transfer it into a glass pitcher and store it in the fridge. Most of the beneficial properties are in the syrup and not so much in the tea but I still feel like I am getting some health benefits from it and it tastes great! Hope you enjoy!