A Berry that Packs a Punch Looking for an extra boost to your immunity this season? Elderberry’s flowers and berries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that boost your immune system. They can help with inflammation, to lessen stress, and help protect your heart. Some experts also recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.

Here is a recipe for Elderberry Syrup you can make to start reaping its immune-boosting benefits right now. Also, while natural elderberry syrups are available at health stores or online, they usually will run you around $15 or more for 4-8 ounces. However, this recipe makes at least 16 ounces for under ten dollars.

Elderberry Syrup


Ingredients

  • 4 cups of cold distilled water
  • 2 cups of dried elderberries
  • 1 cup of raw honey

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups of dried elderberries with 4 cups of cold distilled water in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat, and cook uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring regularly.
  3. Remove from the heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain mixture into a large measuring cup covered with cheesecloth, reserving liquid and discarding the used berries.
  4. Allow the syrup to cool, then stir in 1 cup of honey. Pour mixture into a sterilized container.
  5. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to three months.

Suggested Use: Take 1/2 to 1 tablespoon daily for adults to prevent illness; or if the flu does strike, take 1/2 to 1 tablespoon every 2 to 3 hours, instead of once a day, until symptoms disappear.