A couple of years ago, during the winter season, I was doing my usual grocery shopping at Whole Foods, I realized many people buying elderberry syrup or drops. When I looked at the ingredients I decided to give it a try thus, the creation of this began.
So instead of buying elderberry syrup, I make my own and it has helped us throughout the season.
- 1 Tbsp fresh turmeric root peeled and grated
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger root peeled and grated
- 1 cup elderberry seeds
- 2 cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 2-inch cinnamon stick
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup honey**
- Add all ingredients except the honey in a cast iron pot and bring to a slow boil with the cover on for 35- 40 minutes.
- Remove the cover, the liquid should be about half the amount you started with.
- Remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
- Remove from heat and let cool for about 20 minutes. The liquid must be completely cool.
- Strain liquid using a cheesecloth.
- Pour into a mason jar.
- Add honey to the liquid, and you have made yourself elderberry syrup.
- Keep refrigerated
Note: I use all organic items.
**Make sure you are using a good, quality honey. I get my honey at our local farmers’ market.