Elderberry Cold & Flu Syrup

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Elderberry Cold & Flu Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried organic elderberries (sambucus nigra berries)
  • 2 cups water (filtered)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated, about a 2 inch piece of ginger)
  • 1 cup raw unfiltered honey (locally made, if possible)

Optional

  • 1 bag Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support Tea
  • 1 Zest whole lemon

Directions

1. In a small saucepan, combine everything but the honey (heating honey up past a certain temperature can cause it to lose all of it's natural antibacterial/antiviral properties). The teabag still intact, hang the string over the side of the pan, taking extra care not to light it on fire.
2. Over high heat, bring the elderberry mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. After 5 minutes simmering, squeeze out the teabag and remove it. Simmer for 15 more minutes.
3. Remove elderberry mixture from heat and strain through a mesh strainer, making sure to squish out all the juice that you can.
4. Mix honey into the strained juice and stir until completely melted and mixed together.
5. Store in a glass bottle or jar in the refrigerator! This homemade elderberry cold and flu syrup will keep for a month in the fridge.
6. Children 1+ years take 1 tsp. 3 times per day if already sick and 2 times per day if building immunities.
Children and Adults 12+ years take 1 Tbsp. 3-4 times per day if already sick and 2-3 times per day if building immunities.