How to Make Elderberry Syrup – A Natural Flu Remedy

With the announcement of National Influenza Vaccination week I thought it would be fitting to provide a natural alternative to keeping the flu out of your home.  There is evidence that elderberries fight against the flu, H1N1, and reduce inflammation.  Elderberries are known to be antioxidant rich, as well as provide a anti-cancer, and an anti-viral remedy as well.  This tiny berry that is found near water sources is high in flavinoids and vitamin C which boost the immune system significantly.  Elderberry syrup can easily be found at your local health food market, but this remedy is easy to make at home and will cost you little.  And, there are no harmful side effects or needles with this remedy.

Elderberry Syrup

You will need:

1/2 cup of dried elderberries
1 cup of honey
2 cups of water
5 cloves (optional)

Where do you find dried elderberries? Dried elderberries can also be found at your neighborhood health market, but they are typically a little pricey.  I highly recommend purchasing your elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs or the Bulk Herb Store, both companies carry high quality herbs that you can trust.

1.Place your 1/2 cup of elderberries, 5 cloves (optional), and 2 cups of water in a pot cover and bring to a boil.  If you like, Mountain Rose Herbs also suggests adding a tablespoon of fresh graded ginger and a cinnamon stick for a warming affect.

2. Once everything starts boiling turn down the heat to a simmer, keep your pot covered.  You will want to liquid to reduce to about 1/2 this will take about 20 minutes.

Make sure you keep the pot covered while you simmering the berries.

3. Then strain the berries and allow the solution to cool.

4. After solution is cool add 1 cup of honey!

And, there you have it! Lovely elderberry syrup for adults and children over the age of one.  Elderberry syrup can prevent flu and colds as well as get rid of them.  To prevent them an adult can take a tablespoon daily, while children need to take only one.  If you are sick you can take a tablespoon every hour or children can take a teaspoon every other hour.  Herbal remedies are always best given in small dosages at a time and monitor for safety.  However, I haven’t found any major safety concerns for this particular remedy.

This article is for informational purposes only.  I always recommend that you do your own research before administering any type of drug (prescription or over the counter) or herbal remedy.