This recipe is good treating colds and the flu.
I made this right before the start of winter and it tastes good enough that even the kids like it! You may find the recipe to be a little too sweet so you can always add a little less honey. I usually put 3/4 cup of raw honey now because my boys are used to it. Super easy to make and is really just so healthy to take!
Benefits of Elderberry Syrup:
- Very high in Vitamin A
- Contains more vitamin C than oranges
- It’s an antioxidant
- works as an anti-inflammatory
- possess antiviral properties that have been shown to treat colds and flu
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
⅔ cup of fresh or dried elderberries (I used the dried) – you can get them here
3 cups of water
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon stick
2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root – can be found in your local health food store or here
½ teaspoon cloves or clove powder – can be found here
1 cup raw honey – this it the honey we use here (make sure you also read my post on all of the amazing benefits raw honey has! It’s the only honey we use now!)
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey yet)
- Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
- Remove from heat and let cool enough. Then pour through a strainer into a glass bowl in order to separate the liquid from the berries.
- Let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well. (You do NOT want to add the honey when liquid is still hot because the raw honey will lose it’s benefits)
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry liquid, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle any kind.
- Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Keep refrigerated once you make and it will last 2-3 months.
I have read that you should take during the week and skip a couple of days So we take during the week and then skip Saturday and Sunday.
Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults.
If you come down with the flu -Take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.