Several years ago, my MIL introduced me to Elderberry Syrup. Black Elderberries are packed with flavonoids. powerful antioxidants that protect the body's cell from potential damage caused by free radicals.
Certain flavonoids "Anthocyanins", found primarily in the pigments of dark blue and deep purple fruits, have the remarkable ability to stimulate the body's immune system.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the highest concentration of Anthocyanins are found in black elderberries (nearly double the amount found in any other fruit). Elderberries have twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries.
You will need:
- 4 cups Cold Water
- 1 cup Dried Elderberries (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs)
- 1/4 cup Echinacea (or 8 bags of Echinacea Tea)
- 2 inches Ginger, cut in five pieces
- 3-4 Cloves or 1/2 teaspoon ground
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks or 1 teaspoon ground
- 4 T Liquid Vitamin C (I used Dynamic Health, I love there is 1000mg in one tablespoon and it has
Rosehips in it too!)
- 1 cup Raw Organic Honey
- 16 oz glass jar
How to prepare your syrup:
Here are some guidelines that have been traditionally followed for dosing: To support immune function throughout cold and flu season children are usually given ½ – 1 teaspoon per day, while adults usually take about 1½ teaspoons – 1 tablespoon. During illness, the frequency of administration increases to every 2-3 hours until the symptoms resolve.