After suffering a cold followed by a stomach virus already this season, I was done with being sick. A friend recommended elderberry syrup as a preventive measure. According to Wikipedia, “black elderberry has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Some preliminary studies demonstrate that elderberry may have a measurable effect in treating the flu, alleviating allergies, and boosting overall respiratory health.” The bottom line? It’s not going to hurt anything and it just might help. So I decided to give it a try. You can buy elderberry syrup online or in health food stores, but it’s not cheap. My friend makes her own for a fraction of the cost and shared her recipe with me. Here it is.
Soak 1 1/2 cups dried elderberries soak overnight in 8 cups of water. Transfer to a pot with a lid and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes and let cool. Strain out the berries and put liquid into a glass jar with a lid, add 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, shaking to combine. Keep refrigerated. Take 1 tablespoon daily and up to 4 tablespoons if you feel like your coming down with something.
I ordered my elderberries from Amazon (click HERE) and probably have enough elderberry syrup to last me through the winter – and enough berries leftover to make a new batch of syrup next fall. So far, so good. Do you have any homespun health care times to share?