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Elderberry has been used for centuries to help with many common ailments, such as colds and sinus infections. It was one of the top 5 medicinal herbs I suggested you grow for your family medicinal garden.
The last several years I’ve really been trying to treat common ailments using holistic methods, rather than resorting to over-the-counter or prescription medications. This became really clear for me when they started recalling Tylenol that I had in my cupboard. I thought, what am I giving my family?
Elderberry syrup tastes a lot like raisins, which is nice because that means my little munchkins have no problem taking it.*
- 2 cups fresh elderberries (if using dried , 1 cup)
- 5 whole cloves
- 2 cups raw honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 4 cups water
- Add all ingredients into saucepan except for the honey, bringing to a boil, then simmering on low for 30 minutes
- Using a cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a glass container
- Add the honey to your strained mixture, stirring until well-incorporated
- Store in the fridge until ready to use, otherwise it can be stored in the freezer
I take 1 tbsp daily as a preventative, otherwise when I’m sick I take 1 tbsp per hour. For kids, the serving size is 1 tsp per day as a preventative, or 1 tsp per hour.
WARNING: Because this has honey in it, do NOT give it to a child under the age of 1!