Sworn by generations, a tsp a day keeps the doctors away...
Elderberry syrup uses are variable and diverse, including topping onto waffles and pancakes, mixing into teas, or using solely for these medicinal purposes:
Fights the Flu
While elderberry may not prevent the flu, it may be an effective treatment option if you get hit with the virus. Research shows the use of elderberry could shorten the duration of flu by about three to four days, along with lessening symptom severity if taken within the first 24 hours of having the flu. When it comes to recommended dosages, it’s suggested one tablespoon (15 milliliters) of elderberry syrup, taken four times daily for three to five days.
Reduces Cold Duration
Along with being a supportive agent against the flu, elderberry is well-known in its fight against the cold, particularly related to its vitamin A and C content. In fact, a 2016 research article published in Nutrients found a significant reduction of cold duration and severity in air travelers. Travelers using elderberry starting 10 days before travel until four to five days after arriving overseas, experienced, on average, a two-day shorter duration of the cold and also noticed a reduction in cold symptoms.
The berry has been traditionally explored in its treatment of diabetes, with evidence published in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrating the presence of insulin-releasing and insulin-like activity in the proclaimed anti-diabetic plant, Sambucus nigra.
Elderberry displays numerous anti-inflammatory activities, particularly related to its anthocyanin and vitamins A and C contents. Inflammation has shown to be the root of many chronic diseases, which may label elderberry as a contender against the fight against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
HOW TO MAKE ELDERBERRY SYRUP
While elderberry syrup is readily available for purchase, you can also prepare it in the comfort of your own home! Here’s how:
- 3 ½ cups cold water
- 1 cup dried elderberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup raw honey
- Add water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil then cover and reduce to a simmer 45 minutes to an hour, or until the liquid has reduced to almost half. Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool.
- Carefully mash the berries then pour syrup through a strainer into a large bowl.
- When the syrup is completely cooled, add the honey and stir well.
- Pour into a sealable jar and store in the fridge for up to three months.
You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.