Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
3 Cups of Water
⅔ Cup Dried Elderberries
2 Tablespoons Grated Fresh Ginger
1 Cinnamon Stick, Broken
1 Teaspoon Whole Cloves
½ Teaspoon Licorice Root (omit if you have high blood pressure)
1/2 - 1 Cup Raw, Unpasteurized Honey (depending on how sweet you want it)
1. Add water, dried elderberries, ginger, cinnamon stick, cloves and licorice root to a medium size pot and bring to a boil.
2. Once at a boil, cover the pot and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour. The liquid will reduce to half the size.
3. Using a large spoon, mash the berries against the pot wall to further extract their juices.
4. Remove from heat and let cool to a lukewarm temperature.
5. Pour everything through strainer into a glass mason jar.
6. Add honey to the elderberry water while it's still lukewarm. Stir to combine.
7. Let cool completely before storing it in the fridge.
8. Adults can take one tablespoon daily for immune support or two tablespoons daily if you feel a cold coming on. Children should take 1/2 tablespoon.
Will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks or you can freeze in ice cube trays and store in a container for up to 4 months.
Elderberry: has been shown to significantly reduce the length of time and severity of colds. This is because elderberries stimulate our body’s immune response to fight off bugs and common colds.
Ginger: can help reduce nausea feelings and is a powerful anti-oxidant. Gingerol, the major bioactive compound in ginger is found more in fresh ginger than dried/ground ginger.
Cinnamon: another powerful anti-oxidant and has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. It’s also known to stabilize blood sugar by lowering blood sugar levels.
Clove: antioxidant (per gram, cloves have 30x more antioxidants that blueberries!) It also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties similar to cinnamon.
Licorice Root: beneficial in this recipe as licorice root is known to sooth throat and stomach irritation. However, it’s known to raise blood pressure so anyone with high blood pressure should avoid licorice root.
Honey: naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-microbial. It’s lower on the glycemic index which makes it a safer sweetener than white sugar.