Flu Fighting Medicinal Elderberry Syrup
When your little ones catch a flu, there is nothing more miserable. The helplessness in seeing them so sick and lethargic, the difficulty in being seemingly unable to spur on their healing, and worse– when it then spreads to other members of your family. Have no fear! My homemade elderberry syrup is a staple in my house and many of my clients homes, as it is powerful medicine – in conjunction with healing and nutritious foods – in overcoming flu or cold viruses, affordably at home.
What is the magic in elderberries? They have been used in indigenous cultures for healing purposes for hundreds of years, for the treatment of flu, boosting respiratory health, and fighting allergies.
The 1999 – 2000 Influenza season in Norway gave researchers an opportunity to study the efficacy of elderberry extract, giving 60 patients showing early signs of flu a placebo or a 15ml dose of elderberry syrup. Those receiving the elderberry syrup recovered an average of 4 days EARLIER than those receiving the placebo! You may read the full study in the link at the bottom of this post.
Folklore surrounding elder trees is extensive. Is it said that if an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother. I don’t know this rhyme, personally, so best you just use its berries and be grateful!
4 c distilled or spring water
1 c black dried elderberries
1 tsp organic cloves, whole or powder
1 organic cinnamon stick OR 1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 inch slice of organic ginger root, peeled and sliced
1 c raw honey, kept away from heat
1. Place ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and elderberries into a large pot, then cover with your water.
2. Bring your pot to a boil, then allow to simmer for 50 min, or until roughly half of the mixture has reduced.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to be handled, then using a mesh strainer, strain elderberry liquid into a bowl, using a spatula to gently press your elderberries. Discard the solids in the mesh strainer.
4. When your liquid has cooled to lukewarm, add your 1 c of honey until fully combined.
5. Place in a 16oz glass mason jar or bottle and store in your refrigerator. You have just made your very own, flu-fighting medicinal syrup!
6. Standard recommendations for daily flu prevention and immune boosting are
Kids: 1/2 teaspoon 3–5x a week
Adults: 1/2–1 tablespoon 3–5x a week
When sick, take the dosage 2–3 times per day instead of once a day, until your symptoms are gone.
Please share this recipe with anyone you know who struggles with seasonal flu, colds and allergies!
Yours in health,