Recently I tried my hand at making elderberry syrup - just another tool in my immune boosting toolbox. WHY elderberries? They are very high in vitamins A & C, high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory & possess antiviral properties that have been shown to treat colds & flu.*
*1/2 cup dried elderberries
*2 1/2 cups water
*Herb pouch (optional): 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 to 1 tsp ground clove.
*3/4 cup honey (local, raw & organic are best)
Place the water, elderberries & herb pouch in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Pour the mixture through cheesecloth or strainer and press the berries to release more juice from them. Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature and then pour in the honey & stir until well mixed. Pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge for 2 months or so.
It doesn't take much to help build your immune system. I am following a dosage recommended to me by one of my health practitioner which for adults is a 1/2 to 1 tbsp daily. Or when I feel a bug coming on, I take the dose every 2-3 hrs until symptoms subside.* Best to check with your own health practitioner on dosage.
If you decide to try making elderberry syrup - feel free to post on my Twitter (@afarmdaughter) or Facebook page (The Farmer's Daughter). So much fun to try out a new homemade recipe!
Yours truly the farmer’s daughter,
*Disclaimer: For educational purposes only - this information has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.
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