Elderberries are a beautiful small berry that grow in the mountain areas. They grow in a cluster and have been given to us as a blessing from God. They both help Prevent illness and help to heal our bodies from colds and flu. Elderberry can be used to prevent infection.
Stephen Buhner, author of Herbal Antivirals lists Elderberry as one of the best antivirals. He says that it is especially good against influenza and respiratory illness. He goes on to say that in small doses, a tincture of the leaf acts as a nerve relaxant, an internal anti-inflammatory, and is helpful in treating pain.
This is my favorite way to make Elderberry Syrup. It is both delicious and medicinal.
You will need:
Chopped, Fresh Ginger
Put elderberries in a pot with half their volume of water. Simmer and stir occasionally for about
2 hours or until reduced by about half. Strain the berries and squeeze out the juice using
cheesecloth or a victorio strainer with the berry screen if you have one. You want to squeeze the berries and get out as much of the juice as possible.
Measure out the strained juice, into a clean pot.
For every quart of juice add:
3 inch Stick of Cinnamon
3 Whole Clove
2 Slices of Lemon
1 Tablespoons Chopped, Fresh Ginger
Note:These spices are approximate you can adjust to your liking and taste. If just using for pancake syrup you may want to leave out or reduce the amount of ginger.
Return this pot to the stove and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, cool for 5 minutes and Add 1/2 Cup Raw Honey. Pour into bottles. This will store in the fridge for several months or you can process it in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Note: If canning for later you may want to omit the honey and add it when you open it. This will preserve the qualities of the raw honey. To get the best consistency warm the juice back up before adding the honey.
As a preventive: Take 1 Tablespoon daily
If you feel a cold or flu coming on take 1 Tablespoon 3 times daily.