Elderberry is often used to boost the immune system –. Particularly good at the first sign of a sniffle. Elderberry seems to be effective against viruses, such as flu. It may also be taken to help relieve sinus pain and other general aches and pains.
This recipe, on mountain Rose blog, shows how to make Elderberry syrup –. I like that they provide some uses other than purely medicinal!
Elderberries are used this time of year to support healthy immune system functioning. This syrup is wonderful when sipped at the first sign of sniffles. It's also amazing as a pancake or waffle syrup or used in place of a simple syrup in a delicious cocktail, like this Elderberry Champagne Sparkler recipe. I like to pour about ¼ cup in a tall glass or Mason jar and fill with ginger ale or club soda for a refreshing beverage too!
This recipe is easy to multiply if you’d like to make a big batch to store or give as gifts.
Classic Elderberry Syrup
- 4 cups cold water
- 2 cups organic dried Elderberries
- 1 organic Cinnamon Stick
- 1 tsp fresh grated organic ginger root or organic dried Ginger Root
- raw local honey
To make the syrup, combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Don't boil! Bottle in sterilized glass.
The article also includes recipes for Elderberry Syrup Cockaigne. Berry Rooty Syrup –. This one includes Echinacea to also help boost immunity.
See the full article on MountainRoseBlog.com
Image from the same article.
[Note: Elderberry is a plant. Don't confuse elderberry with American Elder, Elderflower. Dwarf Elder. You may have to buy elderberry from specialist suppliers, such as Mountain Rose Herbs. Or buy it ready made ;)]