Elderberry is a famous flu remedy from traditional medicine. Its well known medical uses go back to the time of the Romans. Elderberry was an official medicine in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia from 1820 until 1890, when it was dropped with most other herbal remedies.
However after Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu published well researched laboratory studies about the efficiency of elderberries, the berries became internationally famous again. It was found that Sambucus nigra species of elderberry was effective against most influenza viruses which included human, swine and avian strains. (source) This led to the creation of a famous elderberry glycerin tincture called Sambucol. In clinical trials, patients who took elderberry syrup experienced fast relief of symptoms. 20% saw major improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed a complete healing after just three days. Additionally, researchers proved Elderberry to be effective against eight different influenza viruses. (Source PubMed)
Easy Elderberry Honey Syrup
1. Add elderberries and water to a saucepan. Bring to a very hot temp but do not boil, reduce heat, and simmer on low for 40 minutes. Mash the berries to release remaining juice.
2. Let sit a few more minutes. Strain all the liquid off from the berries using cheesecloth
3. Allow liquid to cool completely. Add raw honey only after it’s completely cooled off. Otherwise, the honey will lose its healing properties.
4. Bottle syrup and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. Shake before using.
DOSAGES FOR ALL AGES:
Take 1-2 tablespoons of elderberry syrup every four to six hours or at the first sign of cold or flu.
For children under 12 years old, take 1 teaspoon elderberry syrup per day for prevention and 1 teaspoon 3-4 times a day
Do not give to babies under 1 year-old