Medicinal Uses of Elderberry Syrup:
Elderberry syrup has been used for years for cold and flu symptoms. Elderberry syrup is incredibly easy to make & tastes really good. This is one “medicine” or actually berry that you will have no problem with your children wanting to take. It tastes like pancake syrup. (-: Sambucol which is super expensive in the drug stores is made from elderberries.
Native Americans used this very helpful herb to treat fevers and joint pain/inflammation.
There has been research done on the how helpful elderberries are by Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu.
Elderberries contain flavenoids which are effective against some strains of the flu.
One problem with colds and flus are the inflammation that goes along with them making it difficult to breathe. The elderberry syrup helps to stop production of cytakines that cause inflation.
Elderberries also increase the cytokines that fight infection, but are not inflammatory by as much as 10 fold.
It is also an immune booster. I actually will give my kids a teaspoon before we go to the nursery during cold and flu season just to help keep them from getting sick.
How To Make Elderberry Syrup:
1.5 cups water
½ cup dried elderberries
½ cup honey
- Place elderberries in a pot and cover them with water.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Once the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Mash up the berries.
- Strain the liquid and squeeze the berries to get out all of the juice.
- Once the elderberry juice is cool, add the honey and stir. If your child is under 2, the honey will need to be added early on so that it is heated to kill any bacteria that might be in it.
- Store the elderberry syrup in the refrigerator. It will keep for quite a while in the refrigerator.
I have also added cinnamon and cloves to the syrup in the past. I use the proportions given from Rose Mountain Herbs where you can also purchase dried elderberries.
I give my family 1 teaspoon every 3 hours while they are awake when they have a cold or the flu.
May contain affiliate linksJust a common sense note – I am not a doctor. These are just methods that have been used for years, and I have learned from research, personal experience and have been passed down for generations. If you are concerned about something with your health and think that you should see a doctor, then by all means do & take his or her advice.