Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry syrup is a sweet, simple, and effective way to support the immune system. It’s very beneficial for respiratory problems, one of the most effective remedies for viral and bacterial infections, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and can significantly shorten the duration of your illness if you do get sick. Plus, it requires only two ingredients and tastes great!

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup dried elderberries

  • 3 1/2 cups water

  • 1 cup raw, buckwheat honey (you can use any raw honey, but buckwheat has been shown to be especially effective against coughs and colds)

  • optional add-ins: cinnamon stick, 1 TB grated ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place dried berries and water (and optional add-ins) in saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

  2. Simmer for about 45 minutes until reduced by half.

  3. Strain into glass bowl.

  4. Cool and then add raw honey.

  5. Pour into a jar and refrigerate.

For health maintenance, take 1 TB a day (1 tsp for children). During illness, take 1 TB (1 tsp for children) every 2-3 hours.