My friend Stacey is an herbal wizard. She is always coming up with interesting concoctions for healing and well being. I love the fact that she shares her marvelous tonics, lotions and salves with me. They always smell wonderful and in the case of her Elderberry syrup, it tastes good too.
Elderberries have been used for years to promote immune system function, to aid with respiratory health and ease influenza symptoms. LiveStrong.com Couple that with the healing powers of raw honey and you have a super syrup! I thought with flu season in full swing, this would be a great thing to have on hand. (Elderberries do pose the risk of certain side effects. Please ask your doctor and research if Elderberry syrup is right for you.)
You will need:
1 cup Dehydrated Elderberries
2 cups Honey (from your own hive is best, but any local honey will do)
4 cups water
On medium heat, pour water and elderberries into pot.
Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. We cooked them until they were plump, and the water had turned a deep burgundy. Remove from heat if you can smell a “cooked” berry flavor” This can make the elderberries bitter.
Strain the liquid and add the honey.
Whisk to incorporate. If the honey won’t dissolve return to the heat on low. Store in a clean jar with lid in the fridge. Take a tablespoon a day during times when your immune system is being tested, no more than 5 days in a row, or as your physician instructs.