Elderberry Syrup Recipe
These common hedgerow berries contain high levels of vitamins A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. Elderberry in many different forms has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat colds, flu and sinusitis as well as coughs. Elderberry syrup has been shown to shorten the duration of cold and flu infections and is also highly effective in preventing illness due to the fact that it is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and immune supporting minerals. The naturally occurring flavonoids in elderberries have been shown to be effective against the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus.
For this simple elderberry syrup recipe we just need:
1 cup of fresh Elderberries
3 cups of water
1 cup of honey
Place the berries in a saucepan and cover them with the 3 cups of water. Then, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for a half hour.
Smash up the berries with a fork or potato masher. Then, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
Allow to cool to room temperature then stir in the honey.
Bottle and store the elderberry syrup in the fridge, where it will last a few months.
A single teaspoon once or twice a day is sufficient as a preventative measure. If illness strikes, use more as necessary, with up to 3 teaspoons, four times per day. Do not give to children under the age of one due to the honey content.