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. Take 1 tsp/day for maintenance throughout the cold season, or 3-4 tsp/day while experiencing symptoms. This is also wonderful served over pancakes or oatmeal, and is safe for children over age 1 starting at 1/2 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 to release any remaining juice. A potato masher works great if you have one!
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 and mix thoroughly.
Immediately transfer to small, 8-12 oz glass bottles. (Mason jars work too, if that’s what you have on hand.)
This elixer can be kept in a cool, dark cabinet, but I’ve found it lasts longest if refrigerated.