Elderberries are a great general immune booster. These berries contain anthocyadins, a chemical compound know to have immunostimulant effects. Elderberries have been proven to be be effective for cold and flu season. Take at the first sign of sniffles to help lessen the duration of illness. This is a simple recipe that you can make at home and have on hand if the chance that you or someone in your family gets sick. This is also great for children because it tastes sweet and not like medicine.
4 cups cold water
2 cups organic dried Elderberries
1 organic Cinnamon Stick
1 tsp fresh grated organic ginger root or organic dried Ginger Root
raw local honey
To make the syrup, combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil! Bottle in sterilized glass