The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that can boost your immune system. Elderberry helps to tame inflammation, lessen stress, and helps protect your heart, too. Elderberry is expertly recommended to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.
In this version of elderberry syrup (recipe included below), the brandy is mostly used as a slight preservative. You can omit it or double it as preferred. This syrup is tasty enough that kids ask for it, and it can be used as a tea sweetener, on pancakes, or on ice cream. It can also be used as a condiment for food, making it a very convenient way to add the elderberry to the family diet.
During an illness, take 1 tablespoon of the syrup 4 times a day.
2 quarts fresh elderberries
2½ pounds sugar
1 cup dried elderflower
1½ teaspoons ground cloves
1 tablespoon finely chopped dried cinnamon bark (aka cinnamon chips)
1 cup brandy (optional)
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the elderberries for a few minutes, until they start to burst. Mash the berries with the back of a large spoon to release their juices.
2. Using a mesh strainer or several layers of cheesecloth, strain the juice and compost the solids. You'll need about 1 quart of juice.
3. Gently wipe out the same saucepan, then return the juice to the pan and add the sugar, elderflower, cloves, and cinnamon chips. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
4. Remove from the heat, let cool, then strain. Compost the solids.
5. Once the syrup has cooled, add the brandy. Pour the finished syrup into bottles or jars, label and date them, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 year (if brandy is used as a preservative).
Oh the plenteous benefits of Lemon & Ginger. Don't let asthma and shortness of breath get the best of you any longer.
1/2 Cup Raw Honey
1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 (1-inch) Piece Fresh Ginger, Peeled
6 Garlic Cloves, Peeled
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
During or prior to onset of asthmatic event, take 1 tablespoon of this syrup.
Recipe: How To Make
1. Put the honey, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, and cayenne in a blender or food processor and puree.
2. Pour into a mason jar or other sealable glass jar, label, and date.
3. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
4. Replace as needed.
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