Mix honey with medicinal agent (tincture, powder, decoction)
- ⅔ cup black elderberries
- 3.5 cups of water
- 2 T fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp. cloves or clove powder
- 1 cup raw honey (we get from our farmer's market)
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
- Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar.
- Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.
- Standard dose is ½ tsp. to 1 tsp. for kids and ½ Tbsp. to 1 Tbsp. for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.