Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Welp, you know full well it's "sick season" again. As mentioned in THIS POST I am a big fan of elderberry syrup, but can be EXPENSIVE!!!!
So I ordered some elderberries HERE, and everything else I almost always have on hand, so this has become my go-to way to keep it in our fridge at all times and be ready for a spoonful of immune system boosting power whenever we need it.

Here's what you will need
2/3 cup dried black elderberries
3 1/2 cups water
a 2-3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp cloves, ground
1 cup raw, local honey (local helps it work as an allergy remedy- so hit up your farmers market!)

Put everything EXCEPT THE HONEY in a medium sauce pot- bring to a boil, cover, reduce to a simmer for about an hour, or a little longer- you want the liquid to reduce by half.
Remove from heat, let cool a bit-then pour through a strainer into a glass bowl.
Let the liquid stand and cool till it is a little warmer than room temp and add honey.
That's it!
I use a mason jar to store it.
For my son (he's 3) we give 1/2 a tsp 1x a day a few days on a few days off for general immunity. When he's sick or we sense somethin' creepin we do 2-3x a day.
Same for us but with 1tsp.

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