Elderberry Syrup is a favorite here in The Ward household. Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. These, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries. Elderberries are antiviral. It is known to fight against influenza (especially when given within 24-48 hours). Some evidence even suggest it can help with cancer, constipation, nerve pain, hay fever, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and other illnesses. It’s often referred to as “Nature’s Tamiflu” and it improves the immune system. Cinnamon is anti-fungal properties and can be used to lower pain when combined with honey. It fights e-coli bacteria, can eliminate headaches and migraine, and it can help stabilize blood sugar. Ginger improves the absorption of nutrients in the body. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can rid throat and nose congestion. Cloves are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Cloves contain eugenol which is toxic against fungus, bacteria, yeast, and candida, and it has anesthetic and analgesic properties. Star anise is the principle active ingredient in Tamiflu. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is used to treat asthma, dry cough, and bronchitis. It can also promote sound sleep. Local Raw Honey – Local honey can help build an immunity to seasonal allergies. It is full of minerals and vitamins and it aids in digestion. Honey is a cough suppressant and contains antioxidants and photo-nutrients.
- “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” ~ Genesis 1 :29
What you’ll need: 3 cups water 1/2 cup dried elderberries (or 1 cup fresh) 2 cinnamon sticks 1 T grated ginger (or dried/ground) 5 whole cloves 3 star anise (anise star pods) 1 cup local raw honey I get all these through Frontier Herbs. 1. Place the first 6 ingredients into a pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 30 minutes. 2. Strain well. Remove cinnamon sticks and star anise. Using a fine mesh strainer squeeze all the juice and goodness from the berries. I use the back of a spoon to smash the berries. You want all the juice and goodness that you can get. 3. Let the liquid cool to room temperature then add honey and stir. Place in a glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to a few months. Notes: This recipe can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc. This will last several months. For prevention of illness and to boost the immune system adults should take 1 tablespoon daily and children should take 1 teaspoon daily. If illness should strike, adults can take 1 tablespoon 4-8 times daily and children should take 1 teaspoon 4-8 times daily. It should be taken at the first sign of sickness. It can be taken right from the spoon, mixed with water to make a tea, mixed with sparkling water, or eaten as any other syrup. It should not be given to anyone under the age of 1.
Adults 1 tbls
Children 1-2 teas
Adults 3-4 tbls
1 teas every 2-3 hours