Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Elderberry Syrup

1/4 cup dried Elderberries
2 Tbsp dried Rose Hips
2 Tbsp dried Echinacea (optional)
¾ tsp dried Ginger Root OR ½ Tbsp fresh Ginger Root, grated (store in freezer)
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 cup Filtered Water
1/4 cup Raw Honey

1 – Put everything but the honey in a small saucepan.
2 – Bring to a boil, then let the herbs simmer uncovered for 20-30 min. 
The water will reduce by half at this time.
3 – Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer in a bowl. 
Press the mixture to squeeze out any extra juice.  Discard the herbs.
4 – Let the syrup cool in the bowl until you can touch it.
5 – Add 1/4 cup of raw, local if possible, honey and stir well.
6 – Store in a glass container in the refrigerator.  Should last up to two months.

Yield:  Approximately ½ cup, so doubling is a good idea if you’ll use more in a short period of time.

Dosage:  Children take 1-2 tsp a day  =>  when sick, 2 tsp
               Adults take 1-4 tsp a day  =>  when sick, 3-4 tsp

**Note: I am not a health professional, only a Mom trying to help her family stay healthy with out frequent trips to the doctor's office. **

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