Elderberry Syrup – Yummy delicious and much recommended throughout winter!

Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

You can make herbal medicine with the flowers and fruits of the Black Elderberry bush/shrub. According to Gaia herbs, elderberry, ‘the bush has been referred to as “the medicine tree of the common people“.’  The berries offer antiviral and immune stimulating properties during these winter months plus elderberry syrup tastes divine!  My son Soren loves it!!!!

Elderberries Sambucus nigra

 

Last night I began preparations for todays Elderberry syrup making.  I am following a recipe by Richo Cech of Horizon Herbs. Here are pictures of my own experience making Elderberry syrup.

Measuring 2 cups of dried elderberries

 

2 cups of dried elderberries with 4 cups of boiling water to sit overnight

 

Elderberries the next morning (today 1/2/12)

 

Elderberry water mix in blender

 

Blended with vitamix

 

Pressing through a fine mesh seive: note, it is important to continue stirring the seeds and pressing. It takes a while to press all the juice out.

 

Measuring the finished juice. Was a bit short of what I should have but realized in the future I will use a pressing bag and press.

 

Simmering the elderberry mix: will simmer for about 1-2 hours until I have just over 1 1/2 cups. Then we will move on to the next step. Stay tuned!

 

You can learn more about Elderberry here:

Gaia Herbs   About Black Elderberry 

For those of you who don’t wish to make Elderberry syrup, I highly recommend purchasing it from Gaia Herbs at: http://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/detail/95/Black-Elderberry-Syrup-

Great and inspiring writing on Elderberry Elixir  and here with Kiva Rose.

 

Additional resources

Great picture of the berries  http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12531256

Another way to make the syrup with John Gallagher and Learning Herbs at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOYzWyFGkqM

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