Elderberry Syrup: the Deliciously Sweet Cold and Flu Remedy that Works
Instead of reaching for conventional cold and flu medicine this winter, try using something more holistic. Enter the powerful herbal elixir of choice for centuries: elderberry syrup.
Not only does elderberry syrup taste delicious, (kids even like the stuff!) it packs powerful healing properties and can be made in your own kitchen.
What are Elderberries?
Black Elderberries, or Sambucus nigra, are small berries that come from the European elder tree, native to Europe and North America. The tart, bluish-purple berries and cream-colored flowers of the tree have been used for centuries for topical wound healing and to treat illnesses such as the cold and flu. In fact, the potent medicinal powers gave the elder tree the nickname of the “country people’s medicine chest” for centuries.
Although black elderberries can be consumed raw, the Practical Herbalist notes that “they should to be processed into syrup, jam, vinegar, or tincture before use to prevent an upset stomach. Avoid dwarf elder (Sambucus ebulus), which grows berries that can be toxic.”