Updated: Dec 30, 2019
There are so many reasons to make and take elderberry syrup. My family and I take it during the winter months to boost our immune system and keep us above the wellness line. Please google “benefits of elderberry syrup” to see why others take this powerful concoction.
3½ cups water 2/3 cup organic dried elderberries. ( or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen)
1 cup of local honey
3 drops each of the following essential oils: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Orange and Thieves.
Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl. Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add the honey and essential oils and stir well. When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind. Whoooo Hoooo!! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge (up to 3 months)
and take daily for its immune boosting properties.
******Instant Pot option: Put elderberries and water in pot, I put the berries in a strainer while in the pot, seal lid, and set manually for 9 minutes on high pressure. Vent pressure and strain. When cooled to room temperature, stir in the honey and oils.
Standard dose is ½ - 1 teaspoon for kids and ½ - 1 tablespoon for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
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