Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup A few weeks ago, I made a few jars full of elderberry syrup to help ward off illness for me and my family. If you’ve never heard of Elderberries, continue reading.
Just the facts: Back in the days of Hippocrates through to the Middle Ages and into the 19th century, Elder has been famous for its medicinal properties. In 1644, Dr. Martin Blockwich dedicated a 230 page book which includes medicinal virtues and uses of the Elder. The flowers were used by our Forefathers in bronchial and pulmonary affections, as well as for Scarlet Fever, measles, etc. English Herbalists, Priest & Priest tells us, “Preparations of Elderberries and flowers are indicated for, Cold and Flu with dry, hot skin, chronic nasal catarrh or sinusitis; dry coryza, spasmodic croupy weakening night sweats, and skin eruptions from metabolic disturbance; eczema, and dermatitis”

Black Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) have been shown to prevent flu and speed recovery in those who have the flu .(A clinical trial published in 2004 showed 1 TBSP of elderberry extract given to flu patients four times daily “recovered in an average of 3.1 days compared to 7.1 days for those given a placebo.”)
Below is the recipe I use, although there are plenty of variations.

Elderberry Syrup
1 cup dried elderberries
A stick or two of cinnamon
A small palm size amount of whole cloves
Ginger – a few quarter sized slices
½ cup honey
2 tablespoons of orange peel
6 cups of water
Directions: Bring elderberries to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain and return the liquid to heat. Add cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and orange peel. Simmer for an hour. Cool at room temperature. Strain, stir in honey. Store in fridge.
Standard Preparations: For daily maintenance:
Adults: 2 teaspoons daily. Children: 1 teaspoon daily. Adults: 2 teaspoons 4 times daily. Children: 1 teaspoon 4 times daily.
Source on preparations, and more educational info, here: http://abc.herbalgram.org/site/DocServer/Elderberry-scr.pdf