I like to make homemade organic elderberry syrup with local raw honey, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves! I just made a huge batch (tripled this recipe) for family and friends. It's so much better than the store-bought because there's no sugar, it's sweetened with just raw honey, and it's all organic! I bottle it and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 months or it can also be frozen right away and used for up to a year!
Besides the fact that the ingredients are so much higher quality than store bought, you can't beat the cost to make it yourself. I mean seriously, it's $10- $14 for 4 oz at the store! You and your family get all organic, fresh, delicious elderberry syrup for a fraction of the cost.
In our family, adults take one tablespoon a day for maintenance and the kiddos take one teaspoon per day. You can multiply that by 4 if anybody's fighting anything!
I give my leftover cooked elderberries to my chickens :-)
Lastly, the recipe is so simple and requires very little work. With the exception of the elderberries, I always have all of the other ingredients on hand. I buy my elderberries from Oregon's Wild Harvest and love many of their other products as well. Reasonably priced elderberries can be hard to find during the fall and winter, so if possible, buy in the off season.
Here are just a few of the incredible benefits of Elderberries from healthyhappymama.com:
It's obviously worth it!
3/4 c. dried organic elderberries
3 c. filtered or spring water
1-2 organic cinnamon sticks
1 TB organic ginger, peeled
1 tsp organic whole cloves
3/4 - 1 c. organic raw honey
Optional: Replace the cinnamon, cloves and ginger with drops of food grade cinnamon, clove and ginger essential oil.
Note: Homemade elderberry syrup is not thick like syrup, more like elderberry juice!