1 cup fresh elderberries (double for dried berries)
1 cup water
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cinnamon stick
DIRECTIONS | Remove berries from stems. Add berries and water to a stockpot and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain off berries and cinnamon stick with cheesecloth. Add honey to elderberry juice and mix well. Add to a jar and refrigerate.
1. This will yield about 16 ounces.
2. I have successfully kept mine in the fridge for up to 3 months.
3. A trick to removing the fresh berries is to freeze them, then shake off the berries.
4. Remove as much of the bark as you can but the little straggly stuff is okay.
5. I prefer to make a big batch at once using 4 cups berries (double for dried), 4 cups water, 1 cup honey, 1 cinnamon stick.
WHERE TO BUY | I am privileged enough to have wild elderberries growing on my parent's property but you can also buy dried elderberries that have already been removed from the stem. Links below.*
Raw Honey - It would be preferred to find local, raw honey (check your farmer's market)
DOSAGE | It is recommended to take 1 Tablespoon per day as preventative maintenance. In times of illness you can take up to 4 Tablespoons per day.