An excellent write-up on the benefits of elderberry syrup was written here on a blog I follow: Mommypotamus. Above photo credit goes to "Gardenista"
Elderberries also contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has antioxidant and immune boosting properties. (source) They’re also a good source of vitamin C, betacarotene, vitamin B6, and iron. (source)
Reduce Cold & Flu Symptoms
In this study, researchers found that flu patients who received elderberry syrup recovered about four days sooner than those who received a placebo.
In another study that had similar results, it was concluded that there were two reasons for the more rapid recovery. First, patients taking elderberry had higher anti-haemagglutination titers, meaning their immune performed better. Second, they found that elderberry inhibits neuraminidase, an enzyme that the virus uses to infect cells. (source)
Nasal/Sinus Congestion Relief
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elder flower and berries may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, such as the sinuses, and help relieve nasal congestion. Elder may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer properties.”
1/2 cup dried elderberries
2 cups water
1 cup honey
1 tablespoon freshly sliced ginger (optional)
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
Add water, elderberries and ginger/cinnamon (if you’re using them) to a pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer on low until liquid is reduced by about a half. This should take around 30-45 min.
Pour mixture through a mesh strainer to remove berries, ginger and cinnamon stick. Allow liquid to cool slightly, then stir in honey. you want roughly a 1:1 or 1.5:1 ratio of elderberry juice to honey.
Pour syrup into a jar or bottle and store in the fridge.
Shelf life: In my house, a batch lasts all winter long.