Simple Elderberry Syrup

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" says Leonard Da Vinci.  Here is an easy recipe for Elderberry Syrup.  Only three ingredients and packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and flu fighting power.  You can add other ingredients such as cinnamon, clove, or ginger for added flavor and medicinal action. 

Syrups are pretty easy to make.  The sugar acts as a preservative, so don't cut down on the amount of honey or sugar.  When making any syrup with medicinal plants, use equal proportions of infusion or decoction and sugar or honey.  For example, if you make a decoction of Ginger, strain the liquid into a measuring cup, and you see you have 6 ounces of liquid, you will need to match that and add 6 ounces of sugar.  Boom, you have ginger syrup.

Ingredients:

3/4 C Dried Elderberries

3 Cups of filtered water

3/4 to 1 C of Raw Unfiltered honey or White Sugar

Cheesecloth

Directions:

Combine dried Elderberries and water in a saucepan and bring just to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer on Low or Medium for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring from time to time. It won't hurt to mash the berries from time to time either.  Let the mixture cool just enough so you can still work with the infusion.  Using a cheesecloth, strain the liquid into a bowl.  When the liquid has come to room temperature, stir in raw honey or sugar.

Label and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. 

The standard dosage is 1-2 tsp 3 times a day.

Enjoy!  And thanks for reading.