Want to learn how to make elderberry syrup for constipation and low immunity? Continue reading and find out.
Elderberries are amazing immune-boosting medicines that you can use in the autumn season. There are many ways in which you can use elderberries in remedies, but this time we will show you how to make elderberry syrup for constipation and to boost immunity naturally. Before we do that, let’s see how to find and harvest elderberries yourself.
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Where to Find Elderberries
Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are found mid-autumn, especially in mountainous areas, in the valleys of rivers and streams, where the sun’s rays penetrate more difficult, and the vegetation cycle of this plant is delayed. Most often we find the elder in the edges of the forest, and forest roads, in the forest cuts where the trees have not yet regenerated, and where the small shrubs grow luxuriantly.
How to Harvest Elderberries
Harvesting elderberries is done in the mid-autumn season when they are ripe, namely sweet and sour in taste. Cut the bunches of berries from the branches. Juice the berries three to four hours after picking maximum to make the syrup, or keep them in the fridge for a maximum of 24-48 hours before processing. Fresh elderberries are used to make elderberry juice, tincture, and syrup while dried elderberries are used to make elderberry powder.
How to Make Elderberry Syrup
Separate the elderberries from the bunches, wash them well, and rinse with water. Blend the elderberries into a paste, and if you don’t have a blender, you can use a fork to mash them. Strain the obtained paste through a double cheesecloth into a glass jar. Ideally, squeeze the elderberry paste by hand so as to extract as much juice as possible. You can keep the juice in the refrigerator and use it in the next 48 hours to prepare the syrup.
To make the elderberry syrup, combine two cups of fresh elderberry juice with two cups of honey and the grated peel from two organic lemons in a glass jar. Mix with a wooden spoon and seal the jar, allowing the ingredients to combine with one another. The daily dose is 4-5 teaspoons of elderberry syrup, for a mild laxative, tonic, vitaminizing, and remineralizing effect. This is an ideal remedy for constipation and bowel problems (but not diarrhea).
Elderberry Side Effects
Elderberries are very powerful as a remedy, but like any medicine ingested in too high doses, they can cause unpleasant side effects such as vomiting, heartburn, throat inflammation, and breathing difficulties. The dangerous doses are 200 grams of fresh elderberries or elderberry juice and 300 grams of elderberry tincture per day. Fresh elderberry preparations, especially elderberry tincture and juice, are not recommended in case of acute and chronic diarrhea, as well as in the case of fermentation colitis.
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