This stuff is wonderful for the dreadful coughs, flu and sore throats!
Makes about 6-8 small bottles of elderberry syrup
1/2 – 3/4 cup organic, dried elderberries order elderberries here
3 cups filtered water
3/4 – 1 cup raw, local, unfiltered honey
Place dried elderberries (or 1 cup fresh, ripe elderberries if you have them locally) and filtered water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes. Mash the elderberries to release any remaining juice. Strain the mixture into a glass bowl using a cheesecloth. When the liquid has come to room temperature, gently stir in the raw honey and mix thoroughly.
Store and label in small, 8 or 12 ounce glass, amber bottles.
This mixture will last many months in a cool, dark pantry or in the refrigerator.
A single teaspoon once or twice a day is sufficient as a preventative measure. If illness strikes, use more as necessary, with up to 3 teaspoons, 4x per day as used in the randomized study described above. For young children who cannot have raw honey yet, half the maximum dosage is recommended and either dilute the syrup with hot water or heat on the stove before administering.