Elderberry Syrup is a delicious way to prevent colds and shorten symptoms at its onset. This is a recipe I use at home with my family and my kids come running when I say it's elderberry time! I personally have seen the benefits during many cold seasons and hope you try this natural remedy!
In a heavy bottomed pot, combine water, elderberries, all the spices and bring to a boil.
Cover and bring to a simmer for 45 minutes - 1 hr to reduce the liquid down for a concentration of the elderberry.
Remove pot from heat and mash the berries with a wooden spoon to extract as much juice from it as possible.
Strain the liquid in a fine mesh strainer or a cheese cloth (if you don't mind staining).
Measure the amount of liquid that you strained and mix in the same amount of raw honey.
Transfer to a glass bottle and keep refrigerated. It should last 3-6 months in the fridge.
For kids: 1 TSP daily for prevention. Double the dosage at the first sign of a cold.
Adults: 1 TB daily for prevention. Double the dosage at the first sign of a cold.