How to Make Elderberry Syrup
This is a traditional immune syrup that not only tastes good but boosts your immune system throughout the Winter months. It can be taken by people of all ages including children and elderly.
3/4 cup dried elderberries (approx. 85 grams)
4 whole cloves OR 1 drop clove oil OR 1 tsp. dried clove powder
1 teaspoon dried cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon dried ginger or 1 drop ginger essential oil
1 cup raw unfiltered organic honey
In a large pot, bring the elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer covered about 40-50 minutes until liquid is reduced by 50%. Remove from heat and strain into a quart mason jar, using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Press or squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Discard the berries. Allow the liquid to cool to warm, and then add the raw honey. Combine and mix well. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to two months.
For added immune benefits you can also add 1/4 cup of cut astragalus root. If doing this increase water by 1/2 cup. Adding the syrup to an immune tea, or any herb tea for colds and flu, you can further boost the benefits of this traditional Winter supplement.
How to Supplement For Better Immune Health
Take product either by mouth or stir into any liquid
Adults- take 1 tablespoon daily
Children under 13- take 1 teaspoon daily
Teenagers- 13 to 17– 2 teaspoons daily