elderberry syrup is an excellent preventative and remedy for colds and flu. The elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are immune enhancing and contain high amounts of bioflavonoids that work with vitamin C to fight viruses. The honey in the syrup is soothing to the throat. The brandy is also medicinal in its traditional use as a nervine. The ginger stimulates circulation to get the medicine where it's needed. There are numerous ways to make a syrup, this is just my favorite one.
1/2 cup elderberries
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup brandy
1 inch fresh ginger
1. simmer 1/2 cup elderberries and fresh ginger (peeled and cut into small pieces) over low heat in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes
2. mash berries and strain liquid off.
3. place liquid (infusion) back on the stove and simmer over low until it reduces almost to a cup
4. add 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup brandy
5. place label on bottle with ingredients and date syrup was made
6. place bottles in fridge!
should keep for 6 weeks in fridge
children's dose: 1-3 teaspoons 1-3 times a day
adult dose: 1-2 tablespoons 1-3 times a day
tip: i like to add this to my kids water bottle and they can sip on it all day. sometimes i even mix magnesium in it. a pretty nice dose of nutrients in one bottle! these also work great as jello/gelatin squares.
disclaimer: i am not a doctor, the statements above are not intended to treat or diagnose, there are studies and articles out there that talk about the benefits of elderberry and ginger, and i can attest to how it helps my family, especially shortening symptoms once they start (like echinacea), however please consult your physician. ;)
this recipe comes courtesy from my family naturopath.