Elderberry is an extraordinary healing plant, dubbed the "Queen of Herbs" by our very own Ilana Sobo, that serves as a strong defense against nasty illnesses that come with the cold seasons.
There are many ways to prepare elderberry for consumption, and thanks to Wellness Mama, who blogged her recipe for elderberry syrup, we can opt to follow a particularly delicious route. This medicinal, immune-boosting syrup can be taken straight or, like any sweet syrup, be poured on pancakes and waffles.
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
- Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
- Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.
- Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
For similar recipes and comprehensive advice on all things herbal and healthy, visit Wellness Mama.
Learn more about elderberry with Ilana Sobo in this Alchemist's Kitchen blog post.
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