Elderberry Syrup to Build Immunity


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As a follow-up to my previous article on ‘Master Tonic’ {also known as Fire Cider}, below is my go-to recipe for Elderberry Syrup. A proven elixir of elderberries, spices and often, raw honey, to help fight off the cold and flu.  Also known as ‘Sambucus’, many people swear by elderberry syrup during the winter months, either as a preventative measure when germs are flying around or to lessen the duration and severity of an existing infection.

Are you looking this season to try out more herbal remedies and want to start with a recipe that is simple to prepare? This is a great place to start, quick, easy and effective.

According to herbwisdom.com, elderberries are full of antioxidants and bioflavonoids that destroy the ability of certain viruses to infect healthy cells. They also contain tannins, carotenoids, rutin, viburnic acid, anthocyanins, quercetin, vitamins A, B and high amounts of vitamin C. In addition to being helpful for colds and flu, elderberry has also been shown to lower cholesterol, improve cardiovascular health, improve vision, act as a laxative, a diuretic, a diaphoretic, be antibacterial and antiviral.

Elderberries grow wild and are common throughout North America and Europe. If you are foraging for elderberry in the wild, it is important to know that many uncooked berries, unripe berries and other plant parts of certain varieties may be poisonous. Always pick ripe berries and cook them in a recipe such as this. Sambucus nigra, or commonly known as Black Elderberry, is the only variety known to be non-toxic when used raw, which may be helpful information should you decide to cultivate your own elderberry patch.

If you are not foraging for your own berries, there are many quality dried elderberry options available online to make your own syrup for a fraction of the cost that you will pay at a health food store. We are all about DIY here at Flicker Farm whenever we can, and this recipe is too quick and too easy to not cook up some of your own medicine. I have also found this syrup to be very kid friendly!

4/1/2019 8:52:59 AM

And for those of us who are sugar restricted, add organic Stevia, powdered packets unless you can find it liquid without honey added. I am certain dried is just as beneficial, just soak them for a couple of hours.

9/17/2018 2:13:48 PM

Are the elderberries in the recipe meant to be fresh and raw, or dried? I have some dried elderberries if that will work.

8/30/2018 2:10:43 AM

We've been carrying organic elderberries at The Tiny House Farm for years now (as well as an easy DIY mix to make your own syrup). One of the things we've heard from many customers is that when they've made elderberry syrup in the past it had a bitter quality. They thought it was from the berries. The likely culprit however is the honey. Regular store honey may have a bitter aftertaste and lacks any of the goodness of raw honey. When you make the syrup, it's so much better to use raw honey (that you can usually get at local farmers markets, specialty stores or farmers' markets). It maximizes all the health benefits of the elderberry syrup and it will have a nice smooth berry flavor.

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