Elderberries are one of mother natures strongest immunity boosters. They are extremely high in vitamin C and believed to help prevent or treat the flu.
You can purchase commercially made elderberry syrup at most health food stores or HERE (affiliate link).
Or for a fraction of the price you can make it yourself with one of the kits sold in my store: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/RusticityGoods/tools/listings/255013923
Ingredients: (all links are affiliates)
Water 3.5 cups
Elderberries 2/3 cup
Ginger Root 2 Tblspn
Cinnamon 1 teaspoon
Cloves 1/2 tspn
Lemon slices (3) optional
Honey 1 cup (BUY LOCAL!!!)
Add water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and lemon slices to a pot. Do not add honey yet. Do not cover the pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer. Stir occasionally and leave to simmer for about an hour or so. You want the liquid to reduce to about half.
Once its reduced, turn off the stove and allow the liquid to cool.
Remove the lemon slices.
Drape a clean cloth over a bowl and pour the contents of the pot into the cloth. Allow it to drain.
Pull the cloth closed then squeeze the remaining juice from the cloth, into the bowl.
Compost the contents of the cloth, or feed it to your chickens.
Add 1 cup of Honey to the liquid. Stir until honey has dissolved and mixed well.
Ta-da! You now have elderberry syrup!
Pour into a glass container. Keep refrigerated.
Adults 1 teaspoon daily.
Children 1/2 teaspoon daily.
Adults 1 teaspoon every 4 hours.
Children 1/2 teaspoon every 4 hours.
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