But, you might be thinking….”What the heck is this Elderberry Syrup mess?!” Well, Webmd has a great explanation:
Elderberry is a plant. The berries are used to make medicine. Elderberry is used for “the flu” (influenza), H1N1 “swine” flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) .
Some people use elderberry for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), cancer, as a laxative for constipation, to increase urine flow, and to cause sweating.
Elderberry might affect the immune system. Elderberry seems to have activity against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation.
Whoa man…it seems like Elderberry Syrup might save the world!
Why might you want to take elderberry supplements?
To boost your immunity – and because it’s just fun to say elderberry. The benefits of elderberries are many – unless you’re talking to the FDA…then you have to cover your butt and say that they’re pretty much good for nothing. Ahem. And act dumb. Huh?
Elderberries help fight:
- Sore Throat
- Sinus problems
But, if you’re resourceful, you might be able to find some of these growing in the wild…I know some of my friends have. However, I am too scared of getting into a poison ivy patch to even attempt this. #accidentprone
We take homemade elderberry syrup daily to boost our immunity – Barry and I take one tablespoon and the kids take 1 teaspoon. If we’re sick, we take that amount about every hour (when we can remember) to kick our cold to the curb.
This particular recipe uses honey to make it more “syrupy.” Adding raw honey only increases the benefits of this wonderful concoction. Honey is great for sore throats and all sorts of other ailments –including allergies. Add the honey after the syrup has cooled a bit so the honey doesn’t get too hot and kill the raw properties.
In case you’re wondering, raw honey is just honey that hasn’t had any processing – and try to buy it locally so that you get the allergy benefit. I go through a LOT of raw honey.
Elderberry syrup will keep about 3 months in the fridge, but I rarely keep mine around that long – I just make up another batch of this as I run out. Some people say it lasts WAY longer than this.
If you think “Good grief, Stacy. I just don’t have time to gallivant around the countryside trying to find elderberries. And if I had dried berries, I couldn’t make this syrup because I’m afraid of being injured by popping blueberries and I’m secretly afraid of turning on my stove.” If that’s you, guess what? Never fear!
If you happen to learn better via video (Oh me! That’s me!) My bud, Lexie, has a great video on Katch about how to make elderberry syrup.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- 1 cup dried elderberries
- ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 cups water
- ¾ cup RAW honey
- Bring elderberries, blueberries, and water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan.
- Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, strain liquid out into a bowl.
- Using the back of a spoon, press lightly on berries to get all the liquid out.
- Make a mess to make Stacy feel better about herself.
- Cool mixture slightly and then add honey. Stir to dissolve.
- Pour into storage bottle and cool completely before refrigerating.
Mixture will keep for 3 months in fridge.
Take 1 tablespoon daily to boost immunity for adults – 1 teaspoon for children
If sick, take that same amount hourly.
Yield: about 2 cups