Flu and cold season is just around the corner. If you are like me, you prefer to find a natural way to prevent yourself from getting sick, or if you do lessen the severity of the illness. Which is exactly what my husband and I have done for the past few years. Each year in the late summer/early fall I make a batch of Elderberry Syrup and take some each day. I have not gotten sick (knock on wood) and my husband felt like he was coming down with a cold last year and increased his dosages. He felt better within 2 days.
“Recent research from Israel and Panama has demonstrated that elderberry juice (Sambucus nigra) not only stimulates the immune system, but also directly inhibits the influenza virus (Zakay-Rones et al 1995; Mumcuoglu 1995)." Paul Bergner, Herbalist.
If you would like to try and make your own syrup this is my favorite recipe
Ingredients: 2/3 cup dried elderberries, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tsp -1 tbs ginger root, 1 cup raw local honey (you can add more or less depending on your taste)
Place all the ingredients in a pot, except honey, add 3 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30-45minutes. Smash the berries and strain. Add1 cup Raw honey and brandy. Refrigerate. Will last 2-3 months.
Take 1 tbs daily to ward off illness or a tbs every 2-3 hours if you are sick. For children use half the dose.
Brandy, Astragalus, Echinacea, Orange Peel, Cloves
Note: Please use only raw honey and add the honey after cooking...heat will destroy the important enzymes in the honey. I would also recommend not replacing the honey with any other sweetener as honey has it's own healing properties.
Do you have a favorite recipe for Elderberry Syrup or any other cold and flu prevention ideas. Please share and here's to a healthy season.