Homemade Elderberry Cough Syrup
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups organic dried elderberries, fresh berries may also be used when in season
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, minced
- 2 cups honey, raw unfiltered
Combine elderberries, cinnamon, and ginger with water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 35 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries into the liquid mixture. Strain the berries and herbs through a cheesecloth, squeezing out as much juice as possible. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well-combined. Do not bring to a boil. Bottle in sterilized glass.
Elderberries are phenomenal at stimulating and supporting the immune system. Elderberry tea is particularly effective at inhibiting a viruses ability to infect a cell, making this a remedy must have for cold and flu season.