Updated: Mar 22, 2019
Did you know that elderberry syrup has been used traditionally for fighting off coughs, colds, and flus? It is said to have antiviral properties and has even been shown to decrease symptoms and duration of the flu! My suggestion is to make a batch at the beginning of cold and flu season when you're feeling well and store in the fridge so it's ready to go at first sign of cold or flu.
A word of caution: While elderberry syrup is generally considered safe, elderberries can cause nausea or vomiting when consumed uncooked. Please consult your Naturopathic Doctor or Herbalist about dosing and safety before consuming any herbal medicine.
Prep time: 35 minutes, Cook time: 60 minutes
1 cup dried elderberries
4 cups water
1 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
Soak elderberries in water for 30 minutes
Bring water and elderberries to a boil
Simmer for 45 minutes
Tip: Don't throw out the berries, add them to smoothies or baking. Check out this elderberry muffin recipe.
Mix in honey and maple syrup and simmer for another 10-15 minutes
Pour into jar and refrigerate after it has cooled.
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