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Elder-licious! Elderberry Syrup

Posted By On 23 Oct 2019
Elder-licious! Elderberry Syrup


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, contact me in Mississauga for a Naturopathic visit!
Dr. Kirsten Almon ND, CHt

This information and linked articles should be taken for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for health care advice. Enjoy these testimonials. However, a result for one patient may not be typical of all patients. Our aim is to help you have an excellent experience at our Mississauga office and to help you reach your health goals.

Dr. Kirsten Almon

Dr. Kirsten Almon has a Naturopathic Family Practice in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for "naturopathic well child visits" and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections.  Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada.


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  • Posted on 18-11-2019 by erinmills

    Hi Teena,

    We received the dried elderberries today.

    Have a great day,

    Dr. Callum Peever

  • Posted on 08-11-2019 by erinmills

    Hi Teena,

    Dr. Almon and our great front desk staff are on the look out for them for you. We will keep you posted.

    -Dr. Callum Peever

  • Posted on 07-11-2019 by Teena Smith

    Elderberry syrup sounds great, but where does one find elderberries, have not seen any in stores lately??

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