Every year, I make sure I have plenty of Elderberry Syrup on hand especially during the winter months. My family uses it as a preventative as well as a remedy to quickly recover from any virus trying to invade our house. It is so easy to make and my family agrees that homemade tastes better!
Elderberry has been used medicinally since the time of Hippocrates. It's used for both preventing and recovering from colds, sore throats, excessive mucus and the flu. It is jam packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, and calcium. To prevent illness, I take 1-2 Tbsp. daily and I give my kids 1-2 tsp. daily. When a cold or flu hits, I increase the dose to 2-3x a day. (Because it contains honey, it's not recommended for infants.) As a syrup, it can be drizzled over pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream for an added treat! I like to use this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs-the supplier where I purchase the elderberries.
1/2 cup dried organic elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup local raw honey
1 organic cinnamon stick
3 organic cloves
1/2 tsp organic ginger (optional)
Combine the elderberries, water, and cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until liquid has reduced. Smash the berries to release all the juice and strain the mixture. Allow the liquid to cool, then stir in the honey. It should last 2-3 months in the refrigerator.