If you've noticed the germs becoming more prominent in your communities already, you're not alone! With flu season fast approaching you've probably heard of the antiviral properties of elderberries. You can find elderberry remedies in natural heath food stores, but if you don't like the price tag or don't have a health food store nearby you can easily make this cold and flu remedy at home!
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- 3 Cups filtered water
- 2/3 Cup organic elderberries (sambucus nigra) (if you have a 4oz package you have enough, but if you buy it here the shipping is only $4.50 no matter how much you buy and it keeps for a very long time)
- 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Cup raw honey (we source ours locally)
Bring the water, berries, and spices to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced to about half; around 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool down a bit. Strain liquid into clean glass jar (we use mason jars) and add the cup of honey. Be sure not to add the honey until the mixture isn't boiling hot as it can destroy some of the properties of the raw honey :) Store in a covered jar in the fridge for up to a month (some have reported it lasting longer, but no guarantees!) Take 1 tablespoon per day as an adult (1/2 teaspoon for children) but check with your pediatrician regarding honey in children under 1 year.