Elderberries have long been touted for their ability to boost the immune system, among other healthful benefits such as lowering cholesterol and helping with vision. Elderberry remedies have shown success in treating influenza as well.
Increase your body’s flu-fighting superpowers by taking 2 teaspoons (10ml) of elderberry syrup daily. Children over the age of 1 may consume 1 teaspoon (5 ml). As with any medical practice, consult a health professional before starting a new treatment.
1/2 c. dried elderberries (use 1 c. fresh if available)
3 c. water
1 c. local honey
Place berries in a saucepan and cover with the water.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer over low heat 30-45 minutes.
Smash the berries to a pulp. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and add 1 c of honey, or adjust to taste.
Bottle the syrup and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep for 2-3 months.
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