Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

The elderberries are ripe!  The elderberries are ripe!  The elderberries are ripe!

The most effective natural remedy for cold and flu season is elderberry syrup!  Children love it!  Moms love it!  Dads love it!  It is good for sore throats, coughs, and general malaise.

Now is the time to make your elderberry syrup for the winter.   It is simple to make and readily available across North America growing in almost state and province.  Picking elderberries is easy, but destemming them takes patience.

How to make elderberry syrup

  • 2 pounds elderberries removed from large wooden stems
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 1/2 cups of organic sugar

Combine berries and water.  Bring to boil, lower to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes.

Using a colander lined with cheese cloth or a food mill, strain the skins from the liquid.  Return to the liquid to the pot, add sugar, and cook down to a syrup consistency.  Optional:  Add a squeeze of lemon juice…

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Jennifer Lance is the founder and editor of ecochildsplay.com. Her green interests were sparked as a youth, when she dreamt of being a Rainbow Warrior. She became a vegetarian at the age of sixteen and decided she wanted to live in the mountains sustainably. She's been living off the grid and growing her own food now for sixteen years. We have built an eco-home from salvage timber off our land, which we milled ourselves. They produce electrical power from their creek, and daily hikes are part of their family’s routine. She is also a teacher, artist, and yogini.