Boost Immunity with Homemade Medicinal Elderberry Syrup


Elderberry and Jewelweed Patch 
The patch of elderberry and jewelweed

“Save some for me!” I yelled to the birds on my way back from the river. I don’t typically start my days yelling at animals, but that morning they happened to be pecking away at dark berries nestled in a tall bush, berries that I was hoping to pick later that week to make a syrup effective enough to chase away a cold or flu: elderberries.

If you’d asked me at 10 years old what I thought about elderberries, I would have told you what I knew in my stubborn heart to be true... Elderberries are evil. Every time my mother made me take elderberry tincture, I’d get sick. That was just a fact. It took some years to understand that rather than cause the illness, elderberries were actually helping to ease the symptoms, and moreover, speed up my recovery process. I didn’t realize I was already on the cusp of some cold, or stomach bug, as kids frequently are, but of course, my mother knew better. A cough here, a stomach ache there and we were sent to the medicine cabinet. A young brain, however, correlated two things: elderberries and illness.

Thankfully, I no longer feel that way. My new perspective holds that a life without elderberries would be a difficult life indeed. This season was the first in which I’ve had a more hands-on approach to the harvesting process, which only furthered my appreciation of the bushes themselves. For the gathering, I had to crawl along fallen tree trunks, through dense areas of jewelweed, and, as earlier mentioned, fight off the birds. 

Any herbal guide you get your hands on will praise elderberry for its ability to fight the common cold and flu, shorten the length of the illness and improve the general symptoms. Interestingly enough, I’ve found that modern science will say the same thing. Multiple studies (as cited below) have shown that elderberry syrup is especially good at fighting the flu. Across the board, patients were recovering faster than those not taking the syrup (1) and in one case, an elderberry and echinacea mixture was as effective as a conventional drug when taken at the earliest signs of sickness (3). It turns out that elderberries have specific compounds that hinder viruses from entering your cells, and also works to fight the virus from within during later stages of illness (4). That’s why it’s typically recommended that you take a form of elderberry at the first signs of a cold or flu, so as to prevent any further spread of the virus. 

The various methods of medicine making create something for everyone. I personally prefer the elderberry syrup to the tincture, as it is sweeter and can be taken with tea. The syrup process happens in two steps, first creating the initial elderberry juice, then combining it with honey to create the syrup.

3/24/2020 3:24:43 AM

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