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Scientific studies show that elderberry prevents viruses from replicating in the body, shortening the duration of colds or flu. During flu season I use elderberry syrup as a favouring in our water bottles – 1 tsp per cup of water. It’s a tasty, functional food that helps us stay healthy and strong during the season when all those around us are coughing and sniffing.

Elderberry Syrup, Your First Defense Against Seasonal Flus and Colds

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Herbal Remedies
  • Method: Syrup

Description

Scientific studies show that elderberry prevents viruses from replicating in the body, shortening the duration of colds or flu. During flu season I use elderberry syrup as a favouring in our water bottles – 1 tsp per cup of water. It’s a tasty, functional food that helps us stay healthy and strong during the season when all those around us are coughing and sniffing.


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Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried elderberries
  • ½ cup dried yarrow leaves and flowers (optional)
  • Juice from a 2 inch piece of raw organic ginger root (optional)
  • 3 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup of raw local honey

Instructions

  • Simmer the elderberries, yarrow and filtered water together in a covered pan for 30 minutes.
  • Mash the elderberries with a potato masher. Strain them through a sieve, reserve the elderberry juice.
  • To make ginger juice, cut the piece of ginger into ½ inch pieces and squeeze through a garlic press, catching the juice in a small container. Add raw ginger juice to the hot elderberry syrup.
  • Add 1 cup of raw honey and stir thoroughly to incorporate the honey, without heating again. Allow the syrup to cool.

Notes

  • Yarrow makes you sweat (diaphoretic) and tricks your body into fighting the virus, even before it’s taken hold. It’s also beneficial for the lungs, which I find helpful during a cold.
  • The yarrow gives the syrup a faint medicinal taste, but it isn’t over powering, yet it is still warming.
  • Serving size 1 teaspoon as often as desired.
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