Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. They come from flowering plant belonging to Adoxaceae family. This tree is native to Europe, and commonly used for culinary and herbal medicine. In culinary, we often use elderberry to make jam, chutney, or wine. As herbal medicine, elderberry are used to treat influenza, infections, sciatica, headaches, dental pain, heart pain and nerve pain, as well as a laxative and diuretic.
They are used to boost immune system and help the body to fight against infections. Thus, as flu season is here, Iknow it is time to make my homemade elderberry syrup.
How to make elderberry syrup at home:
Ingredients: 4 cups of water, 2 cups of dried elderberry, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon of ginger root, raw honey.
-Combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot then bring to a boil.
-Reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
-Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture.
-Strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth or coffee filter and squeeze out the juice.
-Measure the liquid that you have and add an equal amount of honey. I used less honey because I don't like the syrup being too sweet.
-Heat the honey and juice just a few minutes until well combined. Do not bring to a boil.
-Place in sterilized glass bottles.
To enjoy, I usually take 1 teaspoon of elderberry syrup and mix it either with my tea, smoothie, or yogurt.
Please consult the doctor or appropriate professional before making any changes to your diet, health, or other applicable areas, and if you are nursing or pregnant.