Although spring has officially started, the weather outside makes you think it is still winter. It is cold and windy here in the Netherlands. And we are still fighting the flu or getting another cold, I lost counting. Instead of running to the drugstore, I decided to make my own anti-flu syrup.
The syrup, which is a very thin syrup that can also be used to make lemonade, consists of pure elderberry juice, thyme and honey. All natural ingredients that can help you fight the symptoms or relieve pain. And the good part of it is: you know exactly what is in this ‘medicine’. No hidden or chemical ingredients, just pure nature. Honey is added last and not boiled, so all the good qualities remain!
A bit about the ingredients used and how they can help you: Elderberries are a great immune system booster, due to the chemical compounds called anthocyanidins, which are immunostimulant, and they are safe to use. Combined with thyme, which is a serious weapon against sore throats, and honey, a natural cough syrup, I cannot conclude other than that this a anti-flu super-syrup.
It is safe to use for children over the age of 1.
elderberry thyme syrup
Natural anti-flu and cough syrup made from elderberry juice, thyme and honey
Wash the thyme
Heat the elderberry juice and thyme and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Turn of the heat, put the lid on and let it rest over night
Sieve the juice and reheat it. Turn of the heat the moment it boils
Add the honey and stir till it is resolved
Carefully poor the syrup into sterilised glass bottels or jars
To boost your immune system adults can take 1 tbsp a day and children, over the age of one, 1 tsp.
Having a cold, flu, sore throat or feeling sick? Take 1 to 2 tbsp max. 4 times per day. For children 1 to 2 tsp.
Do not exceed the maximum dosage of 4 times per day, as elderberries can have a slight diarhetic effect.