Homemade Cough Syrup

| 11/6/2013 12:49:00 PM

Tags: cough syrup, elderberries, Erik Theil, Pennsylvania,

An elderberry tree has been growing on the side of our house, and when it was found it clusters of ripe fruit sagged on the branches against the neighbor’s garage.

I was on my way out as the neighbors were cutting down the juniper trees long overgrown in front of their garage door. I made a mental note to take them when they ended up on the curbside the next garbage day.

“Hello, Erik,” said our kindest neighbor sincerely.Ripe Elderberry Fruit On Tree

“Hi?” I replied, questionably.

“Do you want the elderberries growing between your house and our garage before we cut down the tree?” she asked.

“No thanks,” I said with a half glance in the general direction.

11/15/2013 8:18:20 AM

for the disbelieving.... http://www.herbalrootszine.com/articles/elderberry-vs-pokeberry/ .

11/15/2013 8:16:42 AM

thank you for the article! you are right, those are elderberries. I checked. it seems like the cough syrup is easy to make. i'll get started soon then. thanks, good health to you.

11/7/2013 10:37:47 AM

Erin is correct. That's a photo of Pokeweed berries.

11/7/2013 9:43:54 AM

Lovely article, and your syrup looks beautiful! But that's not an elderberry :( Check out http://normsfarms.com for pics and identification tips. Elderberry flowers and berries present in upright clusters and their leaves look very different as well. I think what you've got there is Pokeberry. Do your research--but I think that Poke berries are toxic. Please be careful! Also here's a link showing the difference between Pokeberry and Elderberry: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/515873332286233310/

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