The dried berries of the Sambucis Nigra plant are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically shown to help beat the cold and flu quickly. They can be used to make a variety of remedies.
Elder berries are used in herbal syrups, tinctures and teas blends. Like elder flowers, the berries make a soothing, heat-clearing herbal tea. Elderberries are also often made into a cordial or a syrup.
To use as a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of herb, cover and steep 3-5 minutes. Add a dash of honey for taste.
You may also wish to make a delicious elderberry syrup. here’s a recipe for your convenience:
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , minced/grated
- 1/2 cup honey
Combine the elderberries, water, and ginger in a small saucepan over high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the water has been reduced by half, about 45 minutes.
Transfer the cooked berries and liquid to a clean bowl and pour it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the berry skins. Use the back of a spoon to press on the berries in the strainer, to extract all of the juice, then discard the small amount of pulp left in the strainer.
Allow the elderberry juice to cool to room temperature, so that the heat doesn’t harm the nutrients in the honey, then stir in the honey. Use a whisk to incorporate it smoothly, then transfer the syrup into a sealed glass jar that you can store in the fridge.
This syrup should keep well for at least two weeks when stored in the fridge, so if you don’t think you’ll use it all before then, feel free to freeze it until you’re ready to use more.