Simple Spiced Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry Syrup is an age-old remedy that is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and useful for both preventing and fighting viruses like the flu and common cold. For adults, take 1 TBSP daily for prevention throughout the cold + flu season, or up to 3-4 TBSP if experiencing illness or feeling something coming on. This is also wonderful served over pancakes or oatmeal, and is safe for children over age 1 starting at a 1 tsp/day.
Place dried elderberries, spices and water in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes.
Mash the elderberries with a potato masher to release any remaining juice.
Strain the mixture into a bowl using a fine strainer or cheesecloth.
When the liquid has come to room temperature, gently stir in the raw honey, essential oils if using and mix thoroughly.
Immediately transfer to small, 8-12 oz glass bottles (mason or weck jars work great, if you have them).
This elixer can be kept in a cool, dark cabinet.