Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries are considered to have anti-viral properties. Gather in late summer to make syrup, or freeze for later use. Herbalists recommend taking some at any first sign of illness to ward off colds and flu during the flu season. 

Elderberry Concentrate from Fresh Elderberries
Put fresh elderberries a tall container. Scantly cover with water. Blend well with a stick blender into a slurry. Strain it through cheesecloth or a jelly bag by letting it drain overnight. Put the liquid into a crockpot and slow cook, uncovered, until it is reduced in volume to the thickness you want for your concentrate. Refrigerate and use within three days, or freeze and use within six months.

Elderberry Concentrate from Dried Elderberries
Put dried elderberries in a pot. Cover with water and let soak overnight. Turn on heat and cook for an hour over medium heat. Strain out the juice and add honey to taste.

lderberry Syrup for cough and colds
1 cup elderberries
1 tablespoon of grated ginger [optional]
5 cloves [optional]
2 cups of water
1 cup of honey
Put everything except honey into an enamel saucepan. Turn on heat to medium high and bring to a boil, stirring continually. After it has boiled, reduce heat to low and let simmer 20 minutes or until the liquid has been reduced to half its original volume, or transfer to a slow cooker or crock pot until liquid is reduced by half. If optional spices were used, strain them out. Add honey and mix in thorougly. Cover and store in fridge. Will keep for several weeks.
Dose: Take 1 tablespoon a day as a preventative during the cold and flu season, or 1 tablespoon every 2 hours if you are sick.
Echinacea and/or star anise can be added at the beginning of the simmering, if desired.

Raw Elderberry Syrup
1 cup frozen elderberries
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of raw honey

Put the elderberries in the freezer for a day or until hard frozen
Take frozen berries out of freezer and allow to thaw.
When berries are thawed, pour hot water over them; as much water as there was frozen berries, i.e., a cup of water for every cup of frozen berries.
Cover and let set overnight.
The next day/morning, smush them with a thick wooden spoon to extract as much juice as possible, then strain through a cloth bag, squeezing to get out as much elderberry juice as possible.
Add raw honey and mix thoroughly
Store in freezer and take out and thaw as needed.
Dose:  Raw elderberry syrup can be unsettling to the stomach, so take a quarter teaspoon at first and then slowly increase it to the above dosage if it is tolerated.
Echinacea and/or star anise can be added to the water before it is poured on the elderberries. Let it sit in a covered slow cooker overnight, then strain out the spices and use the liquid, adding extra liquid as needed.

Take 1 tablespoon of syrup at a time. Elderberry syrup can have a laxative effect if taken in large quantities, such as over 1/3 cup at a time.


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