Sambucus Nigra better known as ELDERBERRY is an extraordinary herb. Elderberry is the dark purple berry from the European Elder tree. It has a long history of being used for a cold and the flu virus. Elderberry is a popular ingredient in supplements, tinctures, herbal tea blends and herbal syrups. Some studies done on Elderberry shows that it can stimulate the immune system, which is great for those who may be under the weather. Because Elderberry can stimulate the immune system, it could interfere with medications taken to suppress the immune system. These medications include corticosteroids (Prednisone) and medications used to treat autoimmune diseases. People who have undergone organ transplants should also avoid Elderberry. During the cold and flu season, I make a delicious elderberry syrup for my household, family and friends. When I make Elderberry syrup for the family, I sometimes add other herbs like Turmeric root, Ginger root and sometimes Mullein leaf. Adding these herbs to my elderberry syrup gives an added touch that helps with recovering from a cold and the flu quicker. Listed below are a few benefits of Elderberry and an easy elderberry syrup recipe.

BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY

  1. High in vitamin C
  2. Powerful antioxidant
  3. Promotes heart health.
  4. Lowers inflammation.
  5. Lowers stress.
  6. Boosts the immune system.
  7. Good for respiratory health.
  8. Good for lung health.
  9. Can ease a sore throat and cough.

EASY ELDERBERRY SYRUP RECIPE

3/4 cup Dried elderberries

3 cups of purified or filtered water

1 Tablespoon Turmeric Root

1 Tablespoon Ginger Root

2 Tablespoons of Mullein Leaf

1 cup of raw honey

1 large pot

1 large bowl

1 strainer

cheesecloth

INSTRUCTION

  1. In a large stainless pot add your water, elderberries, turmeric root, ginger root and bring to a boil.
  2. Once it starts to boil, then turn it down, cover and allow to simmer for 40-45 minutes.
  3. Once its done simmering, remove from heat and add the Mullein leaf, cover again and let steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow the liquid to cool.
  5. Use another large pot or bowl, and strain the liquid using a strainer with a cheesecloth added, and press or squeeze all the liquid out.
  6. Once you have finished straining the liquid, add honey and mix well.
  7. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for two months.