Elderberries and its flowers are known for its immune boosting benefits because they are full of antioxidants and vitamins. Elderberry syrup is a great remedy to ease cold and flu symptoms but best utilized as prevention medicine.
Elderberries are known to treat coughs, colds and acute infections with fevers, headaches, rhinitis, hay fever and asthma to name a few. Elderberries work to relieve the body of inflammation and irritation through draining phlegm and mucus. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cloves dispel cold and warm the body, while cinnamon also warms the body while circulating Qi and Blood. Ginger ties the remedy together as a Qi tonic that supports the Lungs and coughs. Qi tonics promote circulation throughout the body and because of its warming properties, ginger promotes sweating to rid the body of fever and supports joint pain from cold. Honey is another immune booster with its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The honey is used as a sweetener, as well as thickens the recipe to create a syrup consistency.
Most of these ingredients can be found at grocery stores, but it is becoming more and more challenging to source elderberries. Check with your local herbalists and herb farms if possible.
*For babies under 1-years-old and for vegan alternatives, maple syrup or molasses can be used in place of honey.
What You'll Need:
1 cup dried elderberries
2-3 inches ginger knob
2 cinnamon sticks or 2 tsp cinnamon
2 tablespoon tsp cloves
1 1/2 cup honey
4 cups water
How to Make it:
Combine water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 2 hours. Remove from heat and cool. Once cooled, squeeze berries through a strainer or in a nut bag to get the most of the liquids out. Add in honey (or maple syrup or molasses) and mix. Store in a glass jar and keep refrigerated.
Doses for Prevention:
For kids: 1/2 to 1 tablespoon per day
For adults: 2-3 tablespoons per day
If you are are experiencing signs and symptoms of cough, cold and flu, take the same dose but increase to 2-3 times per day. Best to take 15-minutes prior to meals or in-between. The idea is to not digest this at the same time as food to utilize its therapeutic benefits.
Doses can be mixed in water and even taken as, or mixed, into tea. Use the syrup with food, as syrup on pancakes and waffles. Tag us on how you used your elderberry syrup on Instagram @MotherQiMedicine.