Homemade Elderberry Syrup - A potent antiviral - Rachel Collins
Elderberry syrup has been proven to help fight off viruses and I use it regularly in my house to prevent colds and flu. My toddler LOVES drinking her ‘juice’ in the morning and I love knowing that she isn’t filling up on sugar, but loading up on vitamins and flu fighting powers and generally boosting her immune system!
The only downside of Elderberry Syrup is that it isn’t easily and cheaply available from your local supermarket (although you an buy a wonderful Organic Elderberry Syrup online here) so here is how to make your own!
  • ⅔ cup black elderberries
  • 3.5 cups of water
  • a sprinkle of ground ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey
  1. Pour the water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon stick and cloves (do not add honey!)
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl. Or even better, strain the mixture through a muslin so you can every last bit of juice out!
  4. Discard the remains of the elderberries and cinnamon stick and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
  5. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a glass jar to store in the fridge.

Elderberry syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. Infants over 12 months can have tsp per day and adults 2 teaspoons.

The easiest way to take your syrup is to mix with water for a nice cordial drink or you could stir it into porridge, drop some into a smoothie or just have it neat off the spoon! Whatever takes your fancy.

Read more about how to take Elderberry Syrup and further natural ways to protect your family from colds and flu here.


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