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Elderberry & Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry, Sambucus Nigra, aka Elder, scientifically known as Sambucus, has a long-standing reputation as a potent medicinal plant. The dark purple berries of the elderberry bush have been used for centuries in various cultures for their health-promoting properties. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds, elderberries are celebrated for their potential in supporting the immune system and addressing various health concerns.

One of the most well-known medicinal uses of elderberry is its immune-boosting properties. Elderberries are packed with antioxidants, including flavonoids like quercetin and anthocyanins, which play a crucial role in supporting the body's defenses against infections. Studies suggest that elderberry may help reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu symptoms by enhancing the immune response.

Elderberry has gained recognition for its antiviral properties, particularly in the context of influenza. Research indicates that elderberry extract may inhibit the replication of influenza viruses and prevent them from entering host cells. The presence of compounds like anthocyanins contributes to this antiviral activity, making elderberry a natural option for those looking to fend off viral infections.

Elderberry has traditionally been used to address respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, and congestion. The berries' anti-inflammatory properties may help soothe irritation in the respiratory tract, making elderberry syrup or tea a popular remedy for respiratory discomfort. Additionally, elderberry's ability to reduce mucus production can contribute to alleviating symptoms associated with respiratory conditions.

The cardiovascular benefits of elderberry are also gaining attention. The anthocyanins present in elderberries have been linked to improved heart health by promoting blood vessel elasticity and reducing oxidative stress. These compounds may contribute to lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases, making elderberry a heart-friendly addition to a balanced diet.

Inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases, and elderberry's anti-inflammatory properties can offer relief to individuals dealing with conditions like arthritis or joint pain. The anthocyanins and other bioactive compounds present in elderberries work together to reduce inflammation, providing a natural and holistic approach to managing inflammatory disorders.

Elderberries are a nutritional powerhouse, containing a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and iron. These nutrients play vital roles in maintaining overall health and well-being, supporting functions such as immune function, skin health, and red blood cell production.

 

My favorite way to use the medicinal properties of Elderberry is in a syrup, here's a simple recipe:

Elderberry syrup recipe

Gather fully ripe elderberries. Gently tug berries off the stems and discard the toxic stems (only use the fully ripe berries, discard any green ones).

 Ingredients:

½ cup Elderberries

1 Cinnamon stick

2 tbsp sliced Ginger

2 ½ cups Water

½ cup Honey

 Method:

Combine all ingredients except honey in a pot and boil for 5 mins. Then reduce the heat and simmer covered for 40 minutes, covered, until the liquid reduces by half.

Strain out the elderberries and spices through a sieve and measure the liquid. It should measure 1 cup. If not, return to the stove and simmer until further reduced.

Remove from the heat, stir in honey and mix well until fully dissolved.

Bottle in a sterilised bottle or glass jar, label and store in the fridge for up to a year.

Take 1 tbsp up to 3 times per day to boost the immune system or at the first sign of illness. The syrup is also delicious drizzled onto breakfasts, puddings and  desserts.