Elderberry Syrup is a great natural remedy for colds and flu.
Elderberries are high in vitamins A, B, and C and help support a healthy immune system. Research shows that elderberry syrup can reduce the the length and severity of the cold and flu (this study). Also, you can find more great info and research on elderberry here.
In the store, elderberry syrup can cost between $10-$20 for anywhere between four and eight ounces. OR you can make your own for a fraction of the cost ($3-$5 for 8 ounces, depending on where you get your supplies).
Basic Elderberry Syrup Recipe
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries
- 1 cup raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
Combine water, elderberries and spices in a pot over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat. Once cooled, strain liquid from berries. Squeeze remaining juice from berries. Discard berries. Stir in honey until dissolved.
Store in glass container for up to 2 months in the refrigerator. Don’t forget a label!
How To Use
The standard dose is 1 tablespoon for adults and 1 teaspoon for children. Take daily as a preventive and for immune support. For illness, take the standard dosage every 2-3 hours until symptoms are gone.
Elderberries can have a mild laxative effect if more than the recommended dosage is consumed, but is otherwise very safe and effective.
Elderberry syrup is not safe for children under 1 year of age as it contains honey. However, it is considered safe for pregnant and nursing women.
Leaves, roots, seeds, and berries of the raw plant contain cyanide-producing compounds and should not be consumed without cooking properly.