Thursday, October 18, 2012

Elderberry Syrup~Make It Yourself!

I was introduced to elderberry syrup a couple of years ago, and I'm convinced that it really works!  It helps to keep you healthy during the upcoming cold and flu season.  We've had a cold slowly working its way around our family for a couple of months now, so I decided it was past time to get this recipe out again.  You can buy elderberry syrup already made, but it is costly that way.  Here's how to make it yourself...

You'll need:
  • 1/2 cup dried elderberries ( I get them from Mountain Rose Herbs)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1TBSP grated ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
 Boil all ingredients except honey.  Turn down heat, cover and simmer approx 20-30 minutes until liquid is condensed by about half.   
Strain liquid.  Add honey to liquid and stir until dissolved.  Place in jar or container of your choice and place in fridge.  Keeps 2-3 weeks in fridge, although it doesn't last that long in our house! 

Use 1 TBSP daily, or you can use 1 TBSP every hour during illness.  There is a great video explaining the process HERE.  Here's to a healthy winter!


So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"
1 Corinthians 10:31

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