What is Elderberry and why it’s a mandatory staple in our house for the fall and winter months?
Elderberry is one of the most common herbs used for seasonal wellness.
Used for colds and flu primarily, they contain: organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid,vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C.
They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic.
Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries.
According to test tube studies these flavonoids include anthocyanins that are powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.
Elderberries also have a really pleasant taste, are safe for kiddos and for pregnant or nursing mamas as well.
Every fall/winter we make a simple elderberry syrup to take daily
1-2TBS/day for prevention, every few hours to treat illness -roughly 1-3 tsp. for kids 2 and up.
((Though with my daughter she received it as young as 1 year.))
* ⅔- 1 c. of dried elderberries
*3-4 c. water ( some recipes use apple cider instead!)
*2 tbs ginger
*½ tsp black pepper
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1 tbs licorice
*½ tsp. Cloves
*½ tsp nutmeg(optional)
Place all herbs in a pot.
Bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Turn off heat.
Strain herbs using a mesh strainer and/or cheese cloth.
Combine the liquid with raw honey
(depending on how sweet you like your syrup use 1:1 ratio or ½:1 ratio.
So 1 cup of honey to 1 cup of syrup or 1 c. of honey to 2 c. syrup) or anywhere in between.
Other recipes use closer to 1 c. honey to 3 c. liquid decoction (the boiled liquid from roots/berries).
Pour into glass jar or amber bottle.
Store in fridge for a month or so.
Make sure to label with dates for optimal freshness!
We have also loved turning our Elderberry Syrup into Gummy Snacks.
(great as a daily treat, or to munch on when your feeling under the weather)
* Silicone Molds Or A Glass Pan
( you can cut them into squares once gelled)
*Beef Gelatin Powder
*2 Cups of Liquid
Mix 1 c. of cold syrup with 3 TBS gelatin.
Heat the other cup of syrup and then add to the mixture.
Pour into molds and put in the fridge for an hour or two. Voila!