Elder-licious! Elderberry Syrup

23 Oct

Elder-licious!

Did you know that elderberries have been found to be effective in clinical trials against the flu virus?
It’s the “little berry that could”.

The study is titled Anti-influenza activity of elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and is published in the Journal of Functional Foods in March 2019.  The study’s abstract concludes with:

“In conclusion, elderberry exhibits multiple modes of therapeutic action against influenza infection.”
This study is also summarized and discussed In Science Daily at Elderberry compounds could help minimize flu symptoms, study suggests
I just whipped up a batch of elderberry syrup at home and have been giving it to the family daily (taking a break on the weekend). – Dr. Kirsten Almon – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga

Here is my recipe for elderberry syrup! Enjoy!

  • 3 cups of filtered water
  • 3/4 cup black elderberries
  • 2 TBSP ginger (grated)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp of unpasteurized honey (not for babies under 1 years old!)
  1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger and cinnamon
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.
  4. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
  5. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  6. Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
  7. When it is no longer hot but still warm add the honey and stir well.
  8. When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a mason jar. Keep in the fridge and can be used for 2-3 weeks.
For this or more information on how to keep your immune system strong, contact me in Mississauga for a Naturopathic visit!  I also have other blogs on “Flu Busters“, check them out.
Dr. Kirsten Almon ND, CHt

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