My hubby has been under the weather for the last few days and I just so happened to have dried elderberries that I bought from the Natural Grocers, so I decided to make Elderberry Syrup. It’s easy to make and all natural with a ton of health benefits.
Benefits of Elderberries:
Contains more vitamin C than oranges
Full of antioxidants
Prevents and treats cold, flu, bronchitis, bacterial infections, and allergies
1/2 cup dried elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup local or raw honey (choose local to get the allergy relief benefits)
2/3 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar
Fill a pot with the 3 cups of water and dried elderberries. Bring to a boil and on low heat let boil for 30 minutes. Take off heat and mash elderberries up well with a potato masher. Strain out the liquid into a separate bowl using a strainer, cheese cloth, coffee filter, or something similar. Once strained add honey to the elderberry liquid and stir well, then add apple cider vinegar. Place in a glass jar with air tight lid and place in the fridge. The syrup will last for up to 6 months.
To use: Adults 1 Tbs a day and children 1 tsp a day. If your using it as a flu/cold medicine you can take same dose but every hour instead of just once a day.