This past year, I received my certification from the Herbal Academy of New England. Along with this class, I received a booklet containing some great recipes for natural remedies. One of these remedies is the Elderberry Cold/Flu Syrup.
This recipe is safe for children over 1 year old and adults.
If you are using it to try to prevent the flu- take one dose a day
You can take the dose straight, or use it to sweeten a hot tea. I mix it with chamomile in the evenings.
If you have cold/flu symptoms, take a dose every 2-3 hours
Children- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
Adults- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon
It is very easy to make.
There are only a few ingredients.
- 3/4 cup black elderberries (I used dried-find them here)
- You can also add dried echinacea (Optional)
- 4 cups water
- 3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger root
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups raw honey
|Begin by adding elderberries, ginger root, cloves, and cinnamon to 4 cups|
of water. Bring to boil, then simmer on low for 60 minutes. Mixture should reduce
to about 1/2.
|Allow mixture to cool completely then pour through|
cheesecloth to strain into a glass bowl. (I didn't have cheesecloth handy)
Press as much liquid from the berries as you can.
|Now add your honey, and make sure to mix it really well.|
|I poured the cool mixture into these small glass jars,|
and store them in the refrigerator.