Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Hi Friends! How is your winter going?
 We're at a sunshiny 70 degrees, and thankfully (knock on wood) have managed to stay pretty healthy over here. I like to credit it to a daily dose of Vitamin D every winter, and Elderberry syrup. We don't do flu shots. Whenever possible, we like to fight things naturally. and the benefits of elderberry have been proven to be as, or even more effective than the Flu shot.

Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection, it prevents infection. Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. In a clinical trial, 20% of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed complete cure in three days. In contrast, subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.

So make yourself a batch, or if you live near me, I'll make you some! What can it hurt?
It's simple, and WAY cheaper than buying it already bottled.
You will need...

~3 cups of distilled water
~2/3 cup of black elderberries I buy these on Amazon.
~1 tbsp of ginger
~1 tsp of cinnamon
~1 tsp of ground cloves
~1 cup of raw honey

Pour water, into a medium sauce pan, and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
Bring to a boil, then cover and lower heat to simmer for 45 minutes.
Take a spoon, or potato masher to mash up the elderberries to get out as much juice as possible. Pour liquid through a sieve into a glass bowl. Dispose of the elderberries, and let the
 liquid cool to a warm (not hot) temperature, and then slowly stir in the honey.
Once mixed, pour the syrup into a mason jar or any other jar you have. Mine filled 2- 16 ounce Mason jars.
Store in the fridge for up to 3 months. That's it!

Take 1 tsp daily as maintenance preventative, or up to 3 tsps a day at first sign of cold or Flu. 

*I am not, nor have I ever claimed to be a doctor. I do what I think is best for MY family.
Wishing you a healthy winter!

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