Doctors say along with a healthy diet, you can fight seasonal coughs and aches with elderberry syrup. Avoid spending your cash on high-priced store brands. Make it at home with this recipe:
Ingredients:- 2/3 cup black elderberries- 3 1/2 cups of water- 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger root, finely minced, or 1 tsp dried ginger- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder- small sprinkle of cloves or clove powder- 1 cup (or less) raw honey (or sweetener of choice- see note below)
How To Make Elderberry Syrup:1.Put all ingredients except honey in a medium sized sauce pan.2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until liquid reduces by 1/3.3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.4. When cool enough to touch the pan with your hands, strain the liquid through a strainer or cheesecloth into a large glass jar or bowl. Discard the strained ingredients.5. When liquid is still warm, add the honey and stir well to incorporate. [Note: alternate sweeteners like stevia can be used, though this will create a liquid, rather than a syrup and it will only last 2-3 weeks in fridge]6. Store in a glass bottle or jar in the fridge.Standard dose is up to 1 tablespoon a day for adults and 1 teaspoon a day for kids over the age of 2. Some sources recommend taking every other day or only during the weeks to boost effectiveness. If cold or flu strikes, this dose can be doubled or tripled until symptoms go away.