Elderberry extractions are known to dramatically reduce the duration and severity of colds, flus, and viral infections. Several studies have shown that using elderberries early on and in frequent intervals can reduce the flu virus by 2 to 3 days. Use the syrup for those pre-flu signs: a tickle in the throat, fatigue, or achy muscles. You may just be able to prevent the illness altogether.
Combine elderberries, cinnamon, ginger, and water in a non-reactive saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, Cover and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, until liquid has reduced by half. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
Using a potato masher or back of a ladle, smash the berries carefully to release all the beneficial juices.
Strain, using a cheesecloth so you can squeeze out all the liquid.
When liquid is lukewarm, add the honey or maple syrup.
Pour into a glass mason jar. Label and store in a cool place or in the fridge.
Standard dose: 1 to 4 teaspoons daily as needed for adults.
Note: Children under 1 year of age should never ingest honey or products that contain honey.
Using 1 part honey to 1 part liquid will preserve the syrup for several months, up to one year. If you choose to use less honey, keep the syrup in the fridge and use it within a few weeks.
Yields 2 cups