With news of the flu going around, I thought I would post this recipe for Elderberry syrup for my friends and family. It has been shown that having Elderberry in your system can deter the flu virus from setting in but if you do get the flu, Elderberry will cut down on the number of days you suffer and the the symptoms. Elderberry is very easy to make!!! We currently have 2 jars in the fridge and we're taking it morning and night for prevention.
I buy my ingredients from the Bulk Herb Store.
Dried Elderberry: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Elderberries-Whole_Organic
Raw Honey: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Raw-Honey?s=raw%20honey
It is best to use Stainless Steel when cooking with herbs. In a stainless steel pot, pour 1/2 cup dried elderberries and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover pot and simmer for 30 -45 mins. Pour syrup into a mason jar through a fine strainer (or cheesecloth) and mash/squeeze the berries against the strainer or cloth to get all the extra juice out. When it cools down a little, add 1 cup of raw honey. Stir and store in fridge for 3 months.
Take a spoonful a day (we take 2!) for prevention, but when sick take a spoonful every hour.
(Adults: 1 tbsp, Children: 1 tsp)
Here's a video to help you if you need more instructions: