Elderberry Syrup, DIY
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½ cup elderberries, dried
1 cinnamon stick
1 TBSP freshly grated ginger
2 cups clean water
1 cup RAW, unfiltered honey
Put all in a saucepan EXCEPT honey. Bring to a boil, then turn it down to simmer. Simmer,
covered, until liquid reduces by one-half (about 20-30 minutes). Strain liquid into a glass
bowl. Squish all the good juice out of berries through sieve/strainer, however. Gently whisk in
your honey. Store in a closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can make
this with fresh or frozen berries, but use a full cup of berries, rather than the half cup dried.
This only keeps for a couple of weeks, so make a small batch at a time from your stored
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Used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune
system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and
tonsilitis. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.
Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western
Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated
and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to
improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs,
colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the
juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took
elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who
did not. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1951
Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar,
rutin, viburnic acid, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly
laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account
for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries. According to test tube
studies2 these flavonoids include anthocyanins that are powerful antioxidants and protect
cells against damage.
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