Want to learn how to make cornelian cherry syrup for immunity? Continue reading and find out how.
Cornelian cherries are small, oval-shaped berries, similar to rosehips, red or yellow in color, that grow in bushes on the edge of forests, in hilly areas. These berries have a sweet-sour taste, and contain more vitamin C than lemons, but are also loaded with vitamin P, calcium, iron, magnesium, organic acids, sugars, tannins, and essential oils. Cornelian cherries are a good remedy for gastrointestinal problems, and anemia, prevent the formation of kidney stones, accelerate metabolic processes, and are used in weight loss. Before we show you how to make cornelian cherry syrup, here is how to harvest these wild cherries in autumn.
How to Harvest Cornelian Cherries
The harvesting time for cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) is in September-October, when the berries are well-ripe, meaning that the active principles are at their peak. Ripe cornelian cherries have a bright red color and a pleasant, sweet-sour taste.
How to Make Cornelian Cherry Syrup
- 1 kg cornelian cherries
- 2 kg of sugar or raw honey,
- 7-8 cups of water
Pick the fleshier cornelian cherries, wash and drain well, and remove the seeds. Put them in an enameled pot and crush them well using a wooden spoon. Cover the mashed cherries are leave them to macerate for 24 hours. The next day, add the water and sugar and boil at medium heat until the cherries are well-cooked. If you want to use honey instead of sugar, add it at the end. Pour the warm cornelian cherry syrup into sterilized glass bottles. Leave until the next day, and then seal the bottles very well. Keep the cornelian cherry syrup in a dark and cool place. Have a shot of cornelian cherry syrup whenever you feel under the weather.
An easier way to enjoy the cornelian cherry syrup on the spot is to pour one cup of water over two tablespoons of fresh or dried cornelian cherries. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Cover the pot and allow to steep for 8 hours. Now that the cherries are fully soaked, take them out of the water, remove their seeds, and mash them well. Put the pulp back in the decoction. Have 50 ml of this syrup with a tsp of raw honey twice a day for two weeks. Pause for 10 days and resume if you want to enjoy a strong natural immunity.
How to Use Fresh Cornelian Cherries
In addition to making the cornelian cherry syrup recipe for low immunity, you can also use fresh cornelian cherries as a natural remedy for hemorrhoids (remove the seeds, crush them, and have one tablespoon, half an hour before breakfast, two tablespoons, half an hour before lunch, and another tablespoon, half an hour before dinner for two weeks) when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Fresh cold-pressed cornelian cherry juice is used to lower blood sugar (50 ml in the morning, half an hour before breakfast – gradually increasing the dose, until you drink one cup – continue for 60 days.)
Cornelian cherries are not recommended for people who suffer from stomach acidity (heartburn) or insomnia.
Topically, the crushed cornelian cherries can be used to make a simple poultice for headaches. If you have oily skin, apply the juice and pulp from a handful of cornelian cherries to your face, and rinse with lukewarm water after 20 minutes. Do not wipe your face, but allow it to dry naturally.
More Cornelian Cherry Recipes
Cornelian Cherry Tincture
Cornelian Cherry Powder
Cornelian Cherry Decoction
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