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Elderberry Syrup

Now that we're in Fall, and cold and flu season is around the corner, it's time to make Elderberry Syrup. It's a wonderful immune booster; and elderberries (sambucus nigra) are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and contain lots of antioxidants. They also contain beta-carotene, vitamin B6 and iron. The elder plant is known for reducing swelling in the mucus membranes, such as the sinuses, and helping to relieve nasal congestion. To make this syrup:

  • Add 2c elderberries (fresh or frozen) or 1c dried, 2 ½c water, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. clove, and ½ tsp. ginger to a pot.

  • Turn on heat and bring mixture to a boil.

  • Cover and reduce to a simmer for 45-60 mins. Reduce the liquid to almost half.

  • Remove from heat and let cool.

  • Mash the berries carefully using a vegetable masher.

  • Pour through a strainer into a bowl.

  • Discard (or compost) the elderberries and let liquid cool to lukewarm.

  • Add 1c local honey and stir well.

  • Pour syrup into bottles through a funnel.

  • Cap and label the bottles and store in the refrigerator.

Directions for Use: Shake the bottle before each use. For adults take 1 ½ tsp. to 1 tbl. daily for prevention. If you do get sick, take your normal dosage every 2-3 hours until symptoms subside. The dosage for children 1 year or older is ½ - 1 tsp.

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