It's time to make elderberry syrup again. A friend asked me to post the recipe I have, so I'm including it here. When I printed the recipe I use, I didn't make a note of the original source, but there are recipes all over the web if you search. This one from Wellness Mama looks like one I might try also.
When the weather turns chill, we attempt to take a low dose routinely (though we're all kind of terrible at routines over here) or boost it up if we feel something coming on.
- 1/2 c dried elderberries (mine are purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs)
- 2 c filtered water
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 c raw honey
- Combine elderberries, water, ginger, and cinnamon into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. It will stink, sorry.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. (I believe this is important because combining a hot liquid with the honey will destroy or damage the honey's naturally occurring enzymes and whatnot.)
- Once cooled, strain elderberries through a mesh strainer. Squeeze elderberries to remove any liquid. Give the spent elderberries to your chickens, your neighbor's chickens, or to the compost.
- Add 1 cup honey to the elderberry liquid and stir well to blend. Pour into in a sterile container (I use a glass jar) with a tightly fitting lid and store in the refrigerator.
Dosage During cold/flu season, the resident child takes 1 teaspoon daily and the adults get 1 tablespoon. (Do not administer syrup to children under the age of one as it contains honey.) If signs of sickness occur, we give the resident child 1 tsp or the adults 1 TB every 2-3 hours until symptoms subside.