I have always been fascinated by homemade homeopathic remedies, so early on I decided to start learning how to make these remedies. I've been making elderberry syrup now since 2013. One day I actually came home during work and brought back about 16 oz. of elderberry and ginger syrup. One of the guys I work with was really sick with a cold/flu. Honestly this post was for him, so he will know how to make and where to get his elderberries. So, I am making yet another batch of syrup this afternoon.
I have been buying my dried elderberries from Amazon. I ordered and used both kinds. Here is the link: Perky Prepping Gramma's Store I actually bought both kinds listed in the store.
I also just order some from Frontier Coop directly.This is hopefully going to tide me over until I get my own bushes growing.
Originally I was using a recipe I found online, but I have edited it so much now. Many recipes I have found use 1 cup of honey, which is far too much for my taste.
Ingredients: (personally I now double the batch, since I use it so often)
1 Cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried elderberries.
3 Cups water1/3 Cup honey (not really needed)
EDITED: (1/26/14) Now I add a couple of slices of dehydrated ginger to my recipe.
TIP: I wrote the recipe on the lid where I store my elderberries. That way I will have it handy when I am ready to make another batch.
Bring to a boil & then reduce the heat and simmer for 1/2 hour.
Strain everything through a strainer. Then smash the berries to get all the juice out. The white stuff is the ginger.
CAUTION: Don't eat the seeds. There is some chance of toxicity. I just googled it & read about it. A couple won't hurt. just use caution.
Lastly, add 1/3 cup of honey. Since the juice is still hot, I pour it back and forth to melt & get all the honey out of the measuring cup.
Don't you just love this bottle? I like them so much, I got them at Ikea. I just went back and bought some more swing-top bottles. Then I used a funnel and pour into a bottle of jar. You store the syrup in the fridge. It will last for several months.
DOSING: You may take it every 2-3 hours. Personally I have been just drinking an ounce or two at time.
REMINDER: Don't use raw honey with young children you are able to use other sweeteners like raw sugar.