With cold and flu season upon us,now is the time to use food as medicine and make this healthy, tasty elderberry syrup for you and your family. Elderberries are high in vitamin A, Vitamin C, antioxidants, and possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection, it prevents infection. Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. In a clinical trial, 20% of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed complete cure in three days. In contrast, subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.
This delicious recipe will make 500mls of syrup and can be used by everyone in your family. Pour it on your oats in the morning, add it to your smoothie, or drink it straight!
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
1/3 cup elderberries
1 3/4 cup water
1 Tsp fresh grated ginger root
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp cloves (or powder)
1/2 cup of raw honey. (Manuka is best, but expensive. Try to source locally as possible as an alternative)
1. Heat water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves
2. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 mins
3. Remove from heat, let cool then mash berries
4. Strain through cheesecloth or muslin cloth into bowl, add honey and stir well.
5. Pour into sterilised bottles and store in fridge.
Dose 1/2 tsp daily for children
1/2 TBSP daily for adults.
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