Elderberry syrup is a time-tested remedy for flus and colds. The elderberry has been used for centuries, offering deep support for the immune system.
When used at the onset of illness, elderberry can prove active at the cellular level with anti-viral activity and has even been shown to be active against the influenza virus. It’s anti-oxidant properties help maintain balance, and the constituents in the berry promote the health of the upper respiratory system. They support a healthy inflammatory response and help to maintain the health of the mucus membranes.
It can also help reduce inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles, making it an excellent choice when you feel the beginning of a cold or flu coming on. The best thing about elderberry syrup? It actually tastes good!
3 cups water
½ cup dried elderberries
¼ cup dried echinacea root
3 Tbsp minced ginger root
¼ cup dried lemon balm
¼ cup dried yarrow
zest of ½ lemon
½ cup local honey
½ cup brandy
- Combine the elderberries, ginger, and echinacea root with the water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Add the lemon balm and yarrow and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through cheesecloth. Squeeze the bag to get as much of the juice as you can.
- Stir in the brandy.
- Add the equal amount of honey.
- Warm over very low heat until honey is fully incorporated.
- Pour into bottles. Label and date.
- Store in fridge – 6 months.
Dose: 1 – 2 Tablespoons, 3x day.