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How To Take Advantage Of The Best Berry For Immunity

Elderberry Syrup

While it’s a bit strange to think of any particular fruit as “trending,” it’s a fitting description in light of the recent avalanche of content I’ve seen about elderberries! After seeing around a dozen articles about elderberries and elderberry syrup as an immunity-booster, I couldn’t resist doing some digging to find out more.

I ended up learning some really interesting things about elderberries’ health benefits, along with some options for taking advantage of those benefits. And I’ll be sharing all of that information with you in today’s blog post!

Related: The Best Easy Ways To Help Support Your Immune System

Elderberry Syrup

The Health Benefits Of Elderberries

Black elderberries (sambucus nigra) are unusually rich in antioxidants that can help support the immune system. In fact, a 2010 article in the European Journal of Nutrition reported that black elderberries ranked as the top source of antioxidants in an evaluation of 100 different antioxidant-rich foods.

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Several studies of these antioxidant-rich berries (usually in the form of elderberry syrup) suggest they may be particularly helpful in improving symptoms of respiratory viruses. A 2004 study found that flu patients who took an elderberry syrup experienced relief of their symptoms 4 days earlier than patients who received a placebo.

Elderberry Syrup

Additionally, a 2019 review found that supplementation with elderberry syrup had a significant effect in reducing the duration and severity of upper respiratory symptoms.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, you can make an elderberry syrup at home by following the recipe I’ve included below! (Not interested in making your own? There are plenty of elderberry products readily available online, including Sambucol elderberry syrup, Sambucus gummies, and more.)

How To Make An Immunity-Boosting Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

Ingredients:

6 cups filtered water
1 cup organic dried elderberries
1 Tbsp dried ginger
1 cup organic raw honey

Elderberry Syrup

Stove Top Directions:

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot, then add the elderberries and ginger and reduce to a simmer.

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Simmer the mixture for around 45 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half. Then remove the pot from heat, mash the berries up with a spoon, and allow the mixture to cool completely.

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Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve, then stir in the honey. Store the finished syrup in a glass jar in your fridge for 2-3 months.

Elderberry Syrup

Instant Pot Directions:

Put the water, berries, and ginger in your Instant Pot, seal the lid, and cook on High for 9 minutes. Use Quick Release to depressurize the pot, then mash the berries up with a spoon or potato masher and allow the mixture to cool completely.

Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve, then stir in the honey and store the finished syrup in a glass jar. It will keep in your fridge for 2-3 months.

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How To Use Elderberry Syrup

  • Take 1 tablespoon every 3 hours when sick (or 1 teaspoon for children over 1 year.)
  • Take 1 tablespoon per day for immune system support when an illness is going around.

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  • Jillee, your recipe for elderberry syrup is spot on! Since elderberries can be found growing native across the US and most of Canada, with the exception of the Northwest, it would be a lot less expensive to go berry picking. They are easy to spot while in bloom. We make note of the location and return when the berries ripen. Clip the whole cluster of berries when harvesting. I like to carry large cardboard boxes to transport the berries home. Once home I get comfortable outside and start removing the berries from the stems. If you remove them from the stems they will take up less space in the freezer should you choose to wait to juice them.

  • I just made this. I’ve never had elderberries before but I see the Sambucol syrup in stores and always wanted to try it. They all seem to have sugar in them which is a negative for me. I love that this is made with honey. (I went into the health food store and bought a cup of dried elderberries for $8 in Ocean City, MD) came home and made it in my instant pot). Thank you.

  • I am 58 years old and had never had the flu until this year. I started feeling a little “off” so I started taking elderberry syrup (that I made in my instant pot). It may have been allergies at first but suddenly I started feeling achy and running a low grade fever. Got flu tested and sure enough, I had the flu. Within two days of my diagnosis, I felt almost normal. I believe it was short lived because I had been taking elderberry syrup!

  • My daughter and I started a daily regime of elderberry syrup. I have been well all school year (I’m a teacher) and she went from having strep 4 times last year to NOT having it all this school year. That is success in my book. I highly recommend it.

  • We’re in the process of buying a house and have already planned on getting elderberry bushes. I’ve been an organic gardener for decades (my daughter describes me as “Green back when it was just a crayon color!) and we plan to grow all sorts of medicinal herbs.

  • I live up in Canada. My parents are from Europe and have always had a huge garden and for many years have had elderberry bushes. I have also been growing them for at least 10 years. We pick the berries at the end of each summer and freeze them and then later use them to make a concentrate (for when we have a cold or flu) but mostly we make a delicious elderberry jelly. Last year I froze 22 pounds of berries and had plenty of jars of jelly to sell and the church Christmas fair as well as give as gifts.

  • We actually sell the Elderberry syrup at my work. I would probably by the syrup already made- too expensive to make my own. I’ve heard about it for cold. My mom just finally got over a nasty cold. This information would have been great to know.

    • She’s currently in the process of weaning off a medicine to a better one. The one the doctors are gradually getting her off has made her more prone to getting infections.

  • You should stress that heat destroys RAW, UNFILTERED honey. The elderberries need to be completely cooled before adding the honey.
    I buy my dried elderberries from Rose Mountain Herbs. They’re organic and only $20 per pound, which should make around 6 batches of this syrup.

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