You can find or forage this tasty berry, and concoct a natural and reasonably priced syrup, proven to shorten the duration of a cold or virus. The recipe is below, however, If you’re too sick to make a bottle, there are store-bought versions like Honey Gardens Elderberry Syrup, $22.44, pictured above. There are other products as well however, you should always go organic to avoid pesticides and herbicides. The last thing you need when ill, is more toxins.
I made a double batch of this stuff last year and will be once again cooking this brew in my kitchen over the next week-end. It’s good to just have it on hand because you or someone you know will soon wake up chilled and feverish. Medical research has shown that taking an elderberry-based tincture within the first 48 hours of a virus’ onset can shorten the duration of symptoms by as much as four days. And you want to have this stuff at the ready because when you are feeling puny is not the time to be trying to make it, even though its pretty easy to cook a batch up! The taste is yummy. Last year, I had friends who weren’t sick trying to get a nip of it. Keep a stockpile of this syrup on hand for whenever illness strikes. It tastes way better than the cherry-flavored stuff, it’s all natural, and in under an hour you can make a batch large enough to keep you and your family healthy all winter long. Or if you’re too sick to make a bottle, there are store-bought versions like Urban Moonshine’s Herbal Immune Zoom that are quite nice, too.
If you are ready to batch up your personal stockpile of this syrup, I would suggest going all organic with the ingredients. I have included links for the elderberries too.
I use Frontier Organic Elderberries, in the 1lb size, pack of 2 so I had enough on hand for now and later. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is abundant across North American, and its berries can be foraged from the wild across much of the United States. I prefer to do my foraging on Amazon.
Elderberry Elixir Recipe – Makes 1 quart (I prefer to double my recipe up and give out some to friends and family) On this note, I still used only 1 cup of Vodka for a double batch and yes it still had a lot of kick to it! So adjust at will here. I chose vodka for a clean taste but brandy could also be nice.
1 cups dry or fresh elderberries
2 cups water
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cup 40 percent alcohol
1 cup raw local honey
1 quart size canning jar
Small bottles for dispensing
- In a large saucepan, combine the water, elderberries, ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, then simmer for 20 minutes. Press and strain elderberry-ginger mixture into a quart-size canning jar. Stir in 1 cup honey and 1 cup alcohol to preserve the mixture. Shake well to mix. Divide into smaller containers, if you like. The elderberry elixir will keep in the refrigerator for 6 months.
- At the first signs of a cold or flu, take 2 tablespoons of elderberry every hour for up to 5 days.