A fantastic way to support a strong immune system, elderberries are native to North America and have been used to prevent and treat the early signs and symptoms of cold and flu for many centuries. They are higher in flavonoids than other common antioxidant rich berries such as blueberry, cranberry and goji. Their potent contribution as an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer make elderberry syrup a fantastic and delicious way to stay healthy through the changing seasons.
Consuming elderberry syrup can be very economical when making it yourself at home. Thankfully it is easy to make and is a delight to drink.
1 Cup fresh or dried elderberries
4 cups water
1 - 1/2 tsp whole clove
1 stick cinnamon or 1 tsp crushed cinnamon
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 tsp fresh turmeric
1 tsp dried orange peel
1 - 3/4 cup honey ( to taste )
Stock pot or large sauce pan
Bottle or jar for finished product
Fine strainer or nut milk bag
Combine all ingredients except honey into stock pot. (honey is added in as the final step after cooling to preserve essential vitamins and minerals).
Bring contents to a boil and immediately reduce to low heat. Simmer for 1-2 hours or until one cup has boiled off and mixture has reduced to about 2-3 cups. Use your intuition and reduce as long as you see fit. The syrup will continue to thicken the longer you simmer and it can always be diluted if reduced too much.
Once mixture has reduced, turn off heat and let cool. When it has mostly cooled stir in honey to taste.
Bottle, label and store in refrigerator. Keeps up to 4-6 weeks, maybe longer! But usually doesn't last long because its so delicious!
Can be taken alone as a shot or mixed into beverages, gummies, ice pops or anything you can create!
Dosage: Preventatively for children older than 1 year old and adults, take 1 Tbsp every other day.
For cold or flu treatment take 1 Tbsp 3x a day upon first sign of sickness.
If you enjoy this recipe please share it with those you love!
Stay healthy my friends!