Elderberry syrup is what I call my homemade flu medicine. Elderberries are a great immune booster and are good for bronchitis, colds, coughing and especially the flu. They contain compounds that inhibit the flu from penetrating cell membranes and invading respiratory tract cells. You can take the elderberry syrup daily to help prevent the flu, or every hour if you have come down with the flu (or a cold, etc.) This syrup is very beneficial to your health and it tastes great too!!!
1/2 cup dried elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup raw honey
Bring berries and water to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes. Mash berries and strain through a cheesecloth or a fine strainer. Stir in honey and pour into jar. Store in the refrigerator for 3 months.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe #2
(I recommend making this recipe with the ACV for extra benefits, but the recipe above with only honey is great too!)
2 cups dried elderberries
4 cups water
3 cups raw honey
Follow the same instructions as the recipe above. This recipe lasts for 6 months in the fridge.
For both recipes:
Child - take 1 tsp. daily
Adults - take 1 tbsp. daily
(Or hourly if sick)
Don't know where to buy dried elderberries? Two of my favorite places are Bulk Herb Store & Mountain Rose Herbs.
Though it does save a lot of money to make your own syrup, if you would like to buy some, you can. Berry Well is one good quality elderberry syrup you can buy.
Enjoy making this healthy, easy syrup for you and your family. :)
*Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease*
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