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Picked from the Sambucus nigra plant, elderberries have a long history of medicinal and culinary use. The berries contain many useful compounds that have antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant capabilities. There are numerous studies concluding that Elderberry syrup shortens the acute phase of infection compared to using no treatment.
One tool for your toolbox is a batch of elderberry syrup - it's a simple remedy to make and is suitable for kids too!
Many health food shops will stock elderberries, otherwise try a local buying group or co-op. otherwise source online. You can use this at the first sign of symptoms in an acute cold/cough/flu. It is important to abide by the 30 minute minimum for cooking time otherwise you may experience tummy upset.
100g dried organic elderberries
2 litres water
3 cinnamon sticks (optional)
2 Tablespoons fresh grated ginger (optional)
10 cloves (optional)
1 cup raw honey
Add all ingredients except honey into saucepan and bring to rolling boil for minimum 30 minutes, max 1 hour. You want approximately 2 cups liquid after cooking (if you need to add extra water during cooking that's ok).
Strain all the bits and cool to room temperature. Stir honey in well.
Store in sterilised, airtight jar in fridge.
You may also like to experiment with other warming spices eg. star anise
Children 1/2 to 1 teaspoon 3 x day
Adults 1-2 Tablespoons 3 x day
This will keep for approximately 2 weeks.
Always check with a qualified Herbalist or Naturopath before taking plant medicines.
Not recommended for kids under 1 year.
For good health and well-being, having a wide range of tools in your toolbox is essential. For support in staying well and being prepared for sickness, I invite you to book in for a wellness support session, available in person or virtually.
Braun L & Cohen M. 2015. Herbs & Natural Supplements - An Evidence Based Guide Vol 2. Elsevier Australia.