Flu-fighting Elderberry Syrup
This is the solution to flu prevention!
Flu season is here and it seems that it's going to be a rough one. Luckily, there are many ways to fight off the flu naturally, and I'd like to share one of my favorites with you.
Elderberries, fresh or dried, are easy to make into your own elderberry syrup, and considerably more affordable than ready made syrups. Use the elderberry syrup in tea, baking, or eat it right off the spoon for some of its immune boosting properties.
Prep Time: 5
Cook Time: 55
- 2/3 cup dried elderberries (great source here)
- 3 1/2 cups of water
- 2 Tbsp fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp whole cloves or clove powder
- 1 cup raw honey
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey yet, because the heat will destroy many of its medicinal benefits)
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
- At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled
- Pour through a strainer into a glass bowl
- Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm
- When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind (I used an old dressing bottle)
- Store Homemade Elderberry Syrup in the fridge, it will last several months!