Elderberries are considered a food and are safe enough to give children. Elderberry syrup is a popular way to take them and it taste great! When taken daily they can reduce our chances for colds and flu. If you do get sick, it can be taken to reduce the severity and length of the illness.
Elderberry syrup can be purchased at your local natural food store, online or you can make it yourself!
3 cups of water
1 cup of honey
(optional) 1 tbsp. fresh or dried ginger root, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Place the berries (and optional ingredients) in a saucepan and cover them with the 3 cups of water. Then, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for a half hour.
2. Smash up the berry mixture. Then, strain it through a mesh strainer.
3. Add the honey. I like to use raw honey.
4. Bottle and store the elderberry syrup in the fridge, where it will last a few months.
Dose: 1 tbsp. adults (daily)*
1 tsp. children (daily)* Be careful with small children who are still sensitive to honey!
If you are sick the dose can be taken three times a day.