We could call it the wise man of the immune system. Studies have shown that Elderberry helps the body fight symptoms associated with influenza. It has anti-viral properties, is high in vitamins A & C, and other antioxidants. It is also anti-inflammatory.
One thing that is great to have on hand during the winter months is Elderberry Syrup. Here is a great (and easy) recipe to make some of your own:
Elderberry Syrup – Ingredients
- 2 cups fresh elderberries OR 1 cup dried elderberries
- 4 cups water
- 6 whole cloves
- 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 cups raw honey
- Place all ingredients except for the honey in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain the mixture. Place a piece of cheese cloth inside a fine mesh strainer and squeeze as much juice as you can from the cheesecloth.
- Add the honey to the juice and stir until mixed well. Step 4: Place syrup in a glass jar and refrigerate to use daily. You may also can or freeze the syrup for later use.
Dosage: As a preventative, 1 tbsp per day for an adult and 1 tsp per day for a child.
When feeling sick, 1 tbsp per hour for an adult, 1 tsp per hour for a child.
Note: It is not recommended to give honey to children under the age of one year. You can substitute another natural sweetener like Grade B maple syrup instead of using honey.
There is wisdom in the Elderberry. Look it up, try out it out, and see what this old geezer has to offer. Just kidding. Respect your Elderberries.