When we moved into our home, back along the tree line, there was an elderberry bush. The only thing I knew about the berries was that some people made jelly from them. Sadly the deer ate the tree and its gone. Now I know how many benefits there are to elderberries .Not only are they nutritious, but they may also fight cold and flu symptoms, support heart health and fight inflammation and infections. I believe every home needs to have Elderberry in its immune support arsenal.
High in Nutrients
Elderberries are a low-calorie food packed with antioxidants, and lots of nutritional benefits.
High in vitamin C: There are 6–35 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit..
High in dietary fiber: Elderberries contain 7 grams of fiber per 100 grams of fresh berries,
A good source of phenolic acids: These compounds are powerful antioxidants that can help reduce damage from oxidative stress in the body
A good source of flavonols: Elderberry contains the antioxidant flavonols quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. The flowers contain up to 10 times more flavonols than the berries.
Rich in anthocyanins: These compounds give the fruit its characteristic dark black-purple color and are a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.
DIY Elderberry Syrup
This delicious syrup is easy to make and kids love it!
1 cup dried organic elderberries, amazon carries them.
3 ½ cups water
1 cup raw honey
Place elderberries and water into the medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes
Remove from heat and cool.
Mash the elderberries.
Pour the syrup through a strainer in the glass jar.
When the liquid is not longer hot, add 1 cup honey. Stir well.
Store in the refrigerator. Take daily during cold and flu season.
Dosage,½ tbsp to 1 tbsp for adults
½ tsp to 1 tsp for children.
So my very best recommendation and one I’ve used for over 20 years is Children’s Composition Drops
These glycerin tinc tract drops are palatable for children, contain Elder Flower for immune support, yarrow for fevers, Chamomile, Peppermint, and Lemon. These have been my go-to drops and now my grandchildren are being raised on these drops. Seriously, my best supplement for kids!! But truth be told, my grown kids and I take them as well. The same company also sells Elderberry Liquid Drops, Echinacea for Health, as well as many other liquid herbs. Check it out on the link above. Seriously in September I order the 8 oz. size to last me through the whole winter.
I hope you’ve been able to see from this post that elderberries are good for many more things besides jelly! Happy Health!