Elderberry Syrup- Homeopathic for Flu, Cold and Virus

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I love Elderberry season! Last year I shared with you how to make Elderberry Elixir.  This year, it’s Elderberry Syrup.  Elderberry packs a POWERFUL health punch! If you don’t have access to fresh Elderberry, you can use dried. Scientific studies are finding Elderberry to inhibit several strains of the flu and cold.   Helps in reduction of coughing by helping to inhibit excess mucus and helps fight sinus infections by reducing mucus.  It has traditionally been used to relive pain and for inflammation.  Elderberry helps strengthen the immune system so you don’t get these dreadful sicknesses to begin with.  The berries contain powerful flavonoids and antioxidants.  Studies at preliminary stages are indicating that Elderberry may also be beneficial to those suffering from HIV and the herpes virus.

The recipe is super easy and the flavor delightful.  Take a teaspoon twice a day for preventive care.  Take three teaspoons four times a day if exposed or if sick.  Enjoy your health!  Last year I was repeatedly exposed to sickness and not once got anything.

Elderberry Syrup

1 cup organic elderberries

3 cups of water

1 cup RAW honey

1. Take berries off stems.  Stems are poisonous. Rinse berries and make sure there are no unripe berries in your batch.

2. In a pot add rinsed berries and water. Bring to boil.  Lower heat to simmer. Simmer for 30 mins.

3. Take off heat. Mash berries in water and let sit ’til liquid is room temperature.

4. Strain through cheesecloth or fine meshing.  Squeezing all the  goodness out of the berries.

5. Stir raw honey into strained Elderberry juice.  Make sure the juice is no higher than 100 degrees.  If it is it will kill the live enzymes in the honey.  The live enzymes will keep the Elderberry syrup preserved longer.

6. Stir whole batch and then pour into jars.  I keep one in the refrigerator and others go in the freezer.  Elderberry elixir is never frozen.  Mine from last year is still good.

Elderberries on the bush

Elderberries on the bush

Unripe elderberries

Unripe elderberries

Stems removed and ready to be rinsed

Stems removed and ready to be rinsed. This batch was made with 6 cups of Elderberries

I put all the berries in a a big pot and pour water over top the berries. All the stuff you don't want in the berries floats to the top-upripe ones, dirt, leaves, stems

I put all the berries in a a big pot and pour water over top the berries to rinse. All the stuff you don’t want  floats to the top; unripe berries, dirt, leaves, stems. Dump water out.

Cook the berries in water for 30 min's simmering, then crush the berries in the water- let rest for an hour till temperature is 100 or below.

Cook the berries in the water for 30 min’s simmering.  Then crush the berries in the water.  Let rest for an hour till temperature is 100 or below.

Strain

Strain

Squeeze all the goodness out of the berries

Squeeze all the goodness out of the berries.

Strain the berries over cheese clothe or netting. My is a yogurt straining net that I bought years ago from Stonyfield

Strain the berries over cheese clothe or netting. Mine is a yogurt straining net that I bought years ago from Stonyfield.

After all the berries are smashed and squeezed, this is what's left

After all the berries are smashed and squeezed, this is what’s left…

Too hot to add the honey

Too hot to add the honey. It would kill the beneficial live enzymes.

Perfect- now I can add the honey and it won't kill the live enzymes

Perfect. Now I can add the honey and it won’t kill the  enzymes.

Spilled elderberry juice stain

Spilled elderberry juice stain

Only use RAW HONEY- never heated. Not liquid honey

Only use RAW HONEY- never heated.

This jar amazingly powerful syrup with go in my refrigerator. It will be good for months. The only way for it to last is using raw honey. If you use heated honey the syrup could mold in a month

This jar of amazingly powerful syrup with go in my refrigerator. It will be good for many months. The only way for it to last is using raw honey. If you use heated honey the syrup could mold in a month.

Vintage jar from late 1800 holds elderberry syrup

Vintage jar from late 1800 holds elderberry syrup.

The rest of the jars will go into the freezer to use over the winter. I've had very sick people appear at my door asking for my elderberry elixir and syrup. They got well. . .

The rest of the jars will go into the freezer to use over the winter. I’ve had very sick people appear at my door asking for my elderberry elixir and syrup. I gave  some and prayed for them and they got well. . .

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