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Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Photo by Thedabbler

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As kids start returning to school, being enclosed, sharing toys, food, and supplies (not to mention things we don’t want to admit), we begin to worry about germs.  Elderberries are a great way to build the immune system and ward off the germs and bugs before they take hold.  They can be eaten as berries, juice, jam, oxymel or even elderberry wine, but I love elderberry syrup, and my picky grandson does too. Elderberry syrup is yummy and can be taken by spoon, over ice cream or even pancakes.  No child, or adult, will feel they are taking something to boost their immune system, or to get over a cold or flu, when they are taking Elderberry Syrup.  Many feel it is just a sweet treat, but it is so much more.

Herbalists have been using elderberries for centuries for colds, flu and to boost the immune system.  Why, even lists its uses, stating : “Elderberry might affect the immune system. Elderberry seems to have activity against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation.”  They state that elderberries are also used for “back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).”

There are over-the-counter versions of elderberry syrup, but many contain alcohol or some type of preservative, and we’re trying to go as natural as possible here. So, below is a recipe you can make on your own.  It makes about a pint and should last about 6 months in the refrigerator, if it is kept in a tightly sealed container.  

This syrup can be given to everyone, from infants to adults, but there are some things you should be aware of.  

1. For infants under 2 yrs, use maple syrup instead of honey. Honey may contain Clostridium botulinum spores that can cause infant botulism poisoning.  This is more prevalent in infants under 6-12 months, but the “under 2 yrs” rule helps ensure the child’s digestive system can combat any spores present in honey.  

2. When honey is used, raw honey is best, especially if it’s  honey from your area.

3. Distilled or Purified water have had contaminants and minerals removed.  This leaves a vacuum effect in the water which helps absorb the constituents from the herbs. 

4. Organic or wildcrafted herbs are always best. 

So, now for the recipe:

Elderberry syrup recipe

Alternative Pathfinders has an organic blend of the herbs available.  (Dry herbs only.  Does not include water, maple syrup or honey,)  Click Here 

DISCLAIMER: For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.