If you make Elderberry Syrup, it’s time to order your Organic Dried Elderberries. If you wait much longer they’re usually sold out for the season. Elderberry is one of the most commonly used plants for fighting flu and colds. It’s rich in folklore and historically goes back as long as plant medicines can be documented. In this post I will attach purchasing links, and research links to make this quicker and easier.
I make several batches every Fall / Winter, and take it November through Mid-March. I use an easy, common recipe. You only need 1 cup of dried elderberries per recipe batch.
Grab a saucepan, toss in the ingredients, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Your house will smell awesome, and when you go for a visit, or have visitors instead of taking or sending friends home with cookies, send them with a bottle of freshly made Elderberry Syrup.
Here’s a research link to The Weston A. Price Foundation about the use of Elderberry Syrup.
Order online Organic Dried Elderberries. Please buy organic.
If a Natural Grocer is in your neighborhood they generally stock them.
If you don’t want to make it yourself here’s a few links to trusted brands not loaded with sugary fillers.
A Quick and Simple Elderberry Syrup Recipe
From the blog of Wellness Mama
The Ingredient List
2/3 – 1 cup Organic Dried Elderberries
3 1/2 cups water
1 organic Cinnamon Stick, or 1 heaped teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 heaped teaspoon fresh grated organic ginger or organic Dried Ginger Powder.
Raw local honey
The Preparation Method
- Combine the berries, herbs and water in a pot and bring to a high boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes, or until original volume is about half reduced.
- Remove from the heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture.
- Strain the mixture, squeezing and pressing out the juice.
- While still warm measure the liquid and add an equal amount of good local honey.
- Stir until well combined.
- Bottle in a clean glass jar, and refrigerate.
This mixture should keep refrigerated for up to three months (if it lasts that long). Take 1 teaspoon twice daily to ward off colds and build immunity. If sick, take 1 tablespoon every two-to-three hours, 1 tablespoon four times per day. For a child, read the Wellness Mama Blog linked above.
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