Homemade Elderberry Syrup
Homemade Organic Elderberry Syrup
1 cup organic black elderberries
4 cups of water
2 T fresh or dried ginger root
1 tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp clove powder
1 cup raw honey
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
Cover, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 60 to 90 minutes until the liquid has reduced by almost half. Remove from heat and let it cool enough to be handled.
Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl. Use a meat tenderizer or large wooden spoon to push the elderberries down in the strainer so that all the juice is squeezed out.
Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of raw honey and stir well.
When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into mason jars or other glass bottles.
Store in the fridge and take daily.
The daily recommended dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ T to 1 T for adults. If you or your family have been exposed to the flu or are feeling symptomatic, take the recommended dose every 2-3 hours until the symptoms disappear.
**Of course, please consult with a physician or other practitioner if you have any medical conditions or are pregnant or nursing before taking elderberry syrup.