In May or early June is the time to make this amazing fresh elderflower syrup. It tastes great added to water or tea. The elderflowers should be fully blossomed with as much pollen as possible is on them.
Elderflower has been used in traditional medicine all over the world in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances. As a supplement, elderflower also has diuretic and laxative properties and is helpful in relieving occasional constipation. Elderflower has antibacterial and antiviral properties and may also help alleviate some allergies and boost the functioning of the immune system. Elderflower also reduces blood sugar levels, very similar to the way insulin works.