With cold + flu season upon us, we want to share how to make Elderberry Syrup. This simple recipe is a game changer for adults and children alike when battling against the common cold and flu. Whip up this syrup as a natural, yet effective, way to keep the family healthy all winter long.
Elderberry Uses and Benefits
Black Elderberry is a centuries-old natural remedy for common illnesses. Loaded with nutrients, the berries provide a variety of health benefits. Scroll down to learn how to make Elderberry Syrup and start reaping its benefits too!
Packed with antioxidants. These can reduce the damage of oxidative stress, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and have great anti-inflammatory properties.
870 mg of vitamin A
406 mg of Potassium
52.2 mg or 60% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
Fiber! 1 cup of Elderberries contain 7 grams of fiber, 25% of the daily recommended allowance.
Low in Carbohydrates. One cup contains 106 calories.
Elderberry plants are used in many different recipes, making this a well rounded natural addition to any diet! Common uses include:
Edible flowers and berries (when cooked/prepared properly)
Berries are juiced and used to treat the common cold/flu, as well as, various infections, dental pain, heart and nerve pain, and headaches.
Cook down the berries to make syrups (keep reading on how to make Edlerberry Syrup below!), juices, or jams. These are both delicious and healthy.
Boil the flowers into a soothing tea, or use raw on top of a salad.
- ½ cup dried elderberries
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon each: ground cinnamon, dried thyme, ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 ½ cups raw honey
- 2–3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar (optional)
1. Place all of the ingredients except the honey and apple cider vinegar (if using), into a non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use the back of a wooden spoon to smash the elderberries a bit as they soften.
2. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible.
3. Stir in honey and apple cider vinegar. Transfer to a quart jar with tight-fitting lid.
4. Store in refrigerator for up to several months. Adults, take 1 tablespoon daily.