I’ve had dried elderberries since last season and have been meaning to make up the syrup and I finally did!!! Just in time for me to catch the flu, I’m sure that if I’d made this earlier and started taking it when I should it would of benefited me a little more. Both kids were ill too and I gave it to little t hid in his smoothie and orange juice, his was the only cold/flu that came and went quite quick, he had a couple of teaspoons a day plus his green smoothie and was back to his old self in no time, little s was too young at the time for the raw honey but it tastes amazing!!
Benefits that I know about (I’m sure there are more)
High in vitamins A & C
High in quercitin
Treat cold & flu
Useage – I use 1 tsp for kids and 1 TBS for me once day when we are well, when we have cold/flu take it 3 or 4 times a day until you feel better.
You will need
2/3 cup dried elderberries
3 1/2 cups water
2 TBS fresh or dried ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp whole or ground cloves
1 cup raw honey
Add elderberries, water, ginger, cinnamon and cloves to a saucepan.
Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for approx 45 mins until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
Pour liquid through a strainer into a glass jug, push down on the elderberries to get as much liquid out as you can.
Discard elderberries unless you know something that can be done with them.. Then let me know 🙂
Leave to cool and add the honey, it’s important to leave the liquid to cool because you don’t want to destroy the good stuff In the honey 🙂
Pour mixture into a pint sized mason jar or Kilner bottle, I used the bottle.
Store in the refrigerator for approx 6months although it never last that long when your taking it everyday.