Elderberry syrup is filled with lots of Vitamin C. Known to reduce colds and flu, take this syrup daily during the winter months.
- 1 cup of dried black elderberries
- 4 cups of water
- 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 cup raw honey or maple syrup for children under 1 year
- Pour water into a medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, and cinnamon. Do not add honey.
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
- At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
- Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
- Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint-sized mason jar or 16-ounce glass bottle of some kind.
- Store in the refrigerator.
- The standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
**Please note: Do not use honey with children under one year of age. You can substitute maple syrup.