ELDERBERRY SYRUP

 

FABULOUS ELDERBERRIES

 

 It’s September and I’ve just finished preparing another jar of elderberry syrup.

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One of the nicest aspects when making this syrup is the wonderful smell that pervades the house:)

It’s an end of Summer feeling good type of smell.

And feeling good you should! These powerful dark pearls are not only a good source of Vitamin A, B, iron and calcium but they represent a mega boost of powerful anti-oxidants (5 times those of blueberries!).

It’s certainly my favourite remedy when it comes to support immune function during cold and flu season plus it tastes delicious so in my family it goes down a treat!

This fruit is a true medicine that has been used for thousands of years because of its powerful healing properties and today’s medicine is also starting to rediscover the benefits of this plant:

“Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”

Other studies confirm that elderberries contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has immune supporting properties. 

And in this study, researchers found that patients with flu symptoms who received elderberry syrup recovered about four days sooner than those who received a placebo.

I say it’s impressive!

You can find premade elderberry syrup online or in health shops but I like the idea to make my own for my family. Plus, it’s so easy my little girl enjoyed making it today:) ♥

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Ingredients

1/2 cup dried elderberries

2 1/2 cups water

1 inch of freshly grated ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup raw honey*

*(because it contains honey it should not be used in children under the age of one)

 

Method

Add water, elderberries ginger and cinnamon to small saucepan and bring to a boil.

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Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes

Strain to remove berries (I use a potato mash to gain extra liquid)

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Make sure the juice has cooled down before adding the honey

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Transfer elderberry syrup to a jar and store in the fridge

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I give 1 teaspoon daily for my daughter during cold and flu season , while me and my husband usually take about  1 tablespoon.