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Ingredients |  Preparation |  Customization | Tips

Elderberry syrup has been the latest craze. But it has plenty of evidence based research and data to back it up.

Elderberries have been touted to be beneficial in a number of areas from reducing cholesterol, fighting cancer, improving digestive health, enhancing heart health, treating diabetes, urinary tract infections, eye health, brain health, supporting weight loss, and improving skin and hair. But did you know that elderberries have the ability to prevent viruses from entering our bodies cell walls inhibiting its ability to infect us with colds and flu?

Since the beginning of the this Covid-19 pandemic my husband and I have been taking 1 tablespoon of syrup each day. I do this during flu season as well. If I feel like I am starting to come down with a little something I increase my dose to 3- 4 times throughout the day. I have not had a cold or flu in years. I have not contracted Covid – 19 either.

Of course, there may be other attributes to acknowledge as well. I eat clean healthy food, exercise, and maintain a healthy attitude, wash my hands frequently and drink plenty of water.

If you would like to add elderberry syrup to your daily routine you can easily make your own. See the recipe below.

It is super easy but if you prefer to buy it already made you can find it now almost everywhere.

iHerbs sells both the ready-made syrup or the dried berries. 

Read this article to learn more about elderberries and get all the facts.

Ingredients

  • Fresh or dried elderberries
  • Water
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground or sticks of cinnamon
  • Whole or ground cloves
  • Honey

Preparation

Place everything in a sauce pan and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour or until the liquid has reduced by about 1/2.

Strain, pour into a bottle, and store in fridge.

Customization

Add more or less of any of the seasoning to your taste.

You can use honey, molasses, or sugar but honey has some additional antiviral/antibacterial properties.

Tips

Some herbalists recommend taking elderberry only on weekdays and skipping the weekend to have better immune strengthening abilities.

Elderberries have been touted to be beneficial in a number of areas from reducing cholesterol, fighting cancer, improving digestive health, enhancing heart health, treating diabetes, urinary tract infections, eye health, brain health, supporting weight loss, and improving skin and hair.
But did you know that elderberries have the ability to prevent viruses from entering our bodies cell walls inhibiting its ability to infect us with colds and flu?
You can buy elderberry syrup or you can easily make your own.

iHerbs sells both the ready-made syrup or the dried berries.

Here is the Recipe.

 

Antiviral Berry

Elderberry Syrup

A sweet syrup made with warm spices used to aid in the prevention and treatment of flu and cold
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup fresh or dried elderberries
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 TBSP fresh or ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves or clove powder
  • 1 cup honey-Raw honey is best

Instructions

  • Add water to a sauce-pan with the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves
  • Bring to a boil then simmer for 45 to an hour or until the liquid has reduced to about 1/2
  • Using the back of a spoon mash the berries a little to get all the good stuff out.
  • Strain through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a bowl
  • Add the honey stir until dissolved
  • Pour into a bottle and store in the refrigerator

Notes

Dosing is 1/2 to 1 tsp daily for children and 1/2 to 1 TBSP for adults Some recommend taking only on weekdays and skipping the weekend to have better immune strengthening abilities. If cold or flu does strike then take the normal dosing but every 2-3 hour until symptoms are gone.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment