It’s cold and flu season and it seems everyone around me is getting sick! I may need to knock on wood before this next statement but I am pretty confident when I say it, I feel like everyone is getting sick BUT my family! I have been giving Peter elderberry syrup since before he was a year old and I swear it’s the reason why he is never sick. I used to buy it but it can cost over $3 an ounce! This one batch costs under $10 for 16 ounces!
2/3 cup Black Elderberries
3.5 cups of water
2T Fresh or dried ginger root (I used fresh ginger and cut pieces off the root directly)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp clove powder
1 cup Raw honey (make sure it’s RAW. Raw provides benefits pasteurized honey does not)
- In a medium saucepan pour water and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves (DO NOT ADD HONEY).
- Once it’s boiling, cover and lower to a simmer for about 45 minutes or until reduced by almost half.
- Take the saucepan off the heat and allow it to cool enough to be handled. Pour contents through strainer into a glass bowl or cup.
- Discard the elderberries (I threw the compost in my garden). Allow the syrup to cool to lukewarm, once the syrup is no longer hot add 1 cup of honey and mix well.
- Once mixed really well, pour your elderberry syrup in a glass jar of some sort and store in the fridge! (I use amber glass bottles)
Kids take anywhere between 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp and adults take 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp a day. You can take if and when symptoms of cold or flu appear, however, I give it to my kids all year to boost immunity.
Ingredients are really important, especially the raw honey. Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system and eliminates allergies. When pasteurized, honey turns into nothing but refined sugar and has none of these amazing benefits.
Enjoy and stay healthy!