How to Make Elderberry Syrup
This is a traditional immune syrup that not only tastes good but boosts your immune system throughout the Winter months. Elderberry Syrup both supports and strengthens your immunity, primarily targets the upper respiratory system which is why it is so good for preventing and overcoming the common cold and flu. For concerns and support for the LOWER respiratory system, see my other Post 226. Colds and flu are in general variations of the coronavirus, most affecting the upper respiratory system. However, the mutated strains such as SARS, MERS, and the Coronavirus originating in China. The coronavirus typically transfers from human to human. These mutated viruses that have evolved from the common viruses are unusual because they have transferred from an animal to a human. A more recent strain of the Coronavirus was traced back to seafood, which affects the lower respiratory system. Corona viruses are not new. This is a more common virus than we may think and is not new at all, just another variation. Remember, SARS is a corona virus, common flu is a corona virus, etc. etc. A new variation means that you do not have antibodies to fight it, which is why this is a concern and why we always need natural immunity to play its’ part. You cannot just vaccinate your way out of a viral outbreak. It takes antibodies to spread through a population to protect us as a whole. The most current corona virus is not in the stage where it is not dangerous to most people and overall, it is now like getting the common flu unless you have specific health problems or very old or immune compromised.
Although the Elderberry Syrup Recipe here is great for the immune system and dealing with the common cold and flu Season or supporting general immunity, it cannot meet the standard you will need for this new strain of Coronavirus from China. POST 226 has the herb set that you need to ADD into this recipe in order to support both the upper and the lower respiratory system at the same time. The lower respiratory is associated with developing pneumonia which is why it is considered dangerous and concerning to the whole world. Every year, a certain number of people will die from the flu. The percentage although low, primarily affects the very young and the elderly. Anyone will benefit from taking the Elderberry Syrup daily throughout the Season and until the world wide threat has been mitigated. This year you must add the herbs in POST 226 in order to cover your bases the best you can. Remember, we have no antibodies for these new strains of viruses. That is why the rush is on to develop a new vaccine. The best you can do is to keep your immune system in tip-top shape and make good dietary choices. Only about 2% will die from contracting this newest Coronavirus according to the CDC. Doing what you can to be strong and able to fight against contracting the illness is our best option. You can add other herbs as well to this recipe which are optionals or you can take the set of herbs and prepare a tincture if you wish to. If you want to make a tincture instead of syrup see our Post No. 53 “How to Make a Tincture”. To make an “emergency” tincture, combine your product ingredients and blend it in a regular blender for 10 minutes and strain. If you have a Vitamix or Blendtec, you only need to blend it for 4-5 minutes. The best extraction for making tinctures is 6 weeks of time or using a distilling extracting professional machine
BASIC ELDERBERRY SYRUP RECIPE
Yield 2.5 cups or Approximately 20 oz.
3/4 cup dried elderberries (approx. 85 grams or 3 oz.)
4 whole cloves OR 1 drop clove oil OR 1 tsp. dried clove powder
1 teaspoon dried cinnamon or 1 cinnamon 3-4 inch stick
1 tablespoon fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon dried ginger or 1 drop ginger essential oil
1 cup raw unfiltered organic honey
In a large pot, bring the elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer covered about 40-50 minutes until liquid is reduced by 50%. Remove from heat and strain into a quart mason jar, using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Press or squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Discard the berries. Allow the liquid to cool to warm, and then add the raw honey. Combine and mix well. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to two months.
For added immune benefits you can also add 1/4 cup of cut astragalus root. If doing this increase water by 1/2 cup. Adding the syrup to an immune tea, or any herb tea for colds and flu, you can further boost the benefits of this traditional Winter supplement.
How to Supplement For Better Immune Health
Take product either by mouth or stir into any liquid
Adults- take 1 tablespoon daily
Children under 13- take 1 teaspoon daily
Teenagers- 13 to 17– 2 teaspoons daily
Let’s Get Creative
Once you’ve got the basic recipe down, you can also add any other herb just adjust your ratio of water and honey.
For example, these herbs are great immune boosters, anti-inflammatories, and natural antibiotics. If you have allergies, be sure to include an herb for this. If you want any additional herb included in this basic recipe, here are a few lists to pick from that are specific for your individual needs;
Reishi Mushroom (also known as ganoderma) (ask about our new extract powders)
Nettle Leaf (not the root)
Medicinal Mushrooms; Reishi, Shiitake, Maitake, Cordyceps, Turkeytail and Chaga Mushrooms (if you need to pick one, choose Chaga) (ask about our new extract powders)
Local Bee Pollen (boosts your local honey ingredient)
Goldenseal Root or Leaf (root is stronger but bitter)
Reishi (ask about our new 4:1 extract powder)
VARIOUS HEALTH ISSUES
With the base recipe, you can also consider adding herbs for an individual health problem such as Medicinal Teas. Many people will add in an ounce or more of the Medicinal Tea that addresses their problem, such as Blood Pressure Tea for example. The immune system is supported with the Elderberry Syrup, then by adding in our example tea (or another- individual to you), you can boost your overall benefits in a the daily dose. The two most popular additions of a Medicine Tea are the Anti-Inflammatory Tea and the Immune Tea (or Auto-Immune for those that need this alternative). These teas are especially complimentary to the original Elderberry Syrup recipe by boosting your immune system or reducing inflammation which is such a common issue. To add a Medicinal Tea use about an ounce of dried tea and up the water by 1 cup or 1.24 cups. The options are just endless so don’t be afraid to try something new!
HOW TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL HERB TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR ELDERBERRY SYRUP
Our KIT includes the whole Elderberries along with optional herbs I believe add benefits to the original recipe. You can make the original recipe by assembling your single ingredients or use our Kit which will include; Astragalus Root, Cloves, Ginger Root and Cinnamon and yields about 4 cups. The amount of dried elderberries by weight is 3 oz. or about 3/4 to 1 cup of dried elderberries. The blend of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves adds about a 1/2 ounce for the total weight of approximately 3.5 oz. For this already perfect recipe, you will need 3 cups of water and 1 cup of raw honey (optional and added last). In dry climates add an additional 1/2 cup of water to allow for the cook-off. You will still end up with the yield of 4 cups. If you have some water loss from cooking and your 4 cups is short, add filtered water to again equal your end yield total.
For each 1 oz. of additional herb that you use, increase your water by 1 cup (1.3 cups in dry climates) and honey by 1/3 cup. If you want to add 3 oz. of various herbs from the lists above (= 6 total oz. or doubling the recipe) you will yield 8 cups. So if you would want to double your recipe then have 6 oz. of plant material, 6 cups of water, and 2 cups of honey. You can mix herbs and still use 1 ounce. Just fix your ratio. Bear in mind that your shelf life of prepared product is 2 months in the fridge. It only takes an hour to make this so making it more often rather than too much is the better choice.
In this dry climate I always add a little more water to my cooking. If you live in a highly humid area you won’t need to do this. I usually add about 1/2 cup of extra water using 3.5 cups of water instead of 3. With loosing water during cooking, I still will then yield the 4 cups as my end product. Because in the cooking phase, you simmer it covered down by 50%, your end result yield, after adding the honey is 2.5 cups or about 20 oz. When you double the recipe, you end product will yield 5 cups or about 40 oz.
Whatever you make, you have 2 months to use it. It MUST be refrigerated. The standard dosage is 1 tablespoon for adults and 1 teaspoon for children. We treat teenagers like adults and use more than a teaspoon but as parents, you make the call on this. A 13 year old is different than a 17 year old, with a 17 year old being more like an adult. If you have a large family you may need to double up the recipe or plan to make it again if needed. Two months is your shelf life refrigerated. If you have been irregular in taking your product and find yourself near the end of the shelf life, you can also freeze it in an ice cube tray. Simply add an ice cube to hot water or another herb tea and you have “instant tea”. To do this, freeze the syrup and then place the cubes in a freezer bag for later use.
The Basic Elderberry Syrup Recipe yields 2.5 cups, about 20 oz. of syrup with a 2 month shelf life. If doubling the recipe you will yield about 5 cups of syrup or 40 oz. There are 32 oz. in a quart so a double batch will make over a quart of finished product.
References for other Posts associated with this recipe see;
Post No. 53 “How to Make a Tincture”
Post No. 226 “Coronavirus” (includes extensive information for using various herbs for all kinds of viruses, bacteria, and inflammation)