1 cup Organic dried Elderberries

(optional but very good) 1 ounce Organic Echinacea Tincture (alcohol free glycerite) or Bee Propolis Tincture or both!

3 ½ cups filtered water

1/2 cup grated or finely chopped fresh ginger root

2 tsp. cloves or clove powder

1 TBSP cinnamon

8-10 cardamom pods (crushed) or 2 tsp cardamom powder

1/2-3/4 cup Raw Honey (try to use raw honey if possible for this recipe) – this is the variety we use and love


In a medium saucepan heat the water and add the elderberries, ginger root, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil and cover, reduce to a simmer after boiling starts, and simmer for 40 minutes or until liquid has reduced by about half. Remove from heat and let cool. Mash berries into pot before straining through a fine mesh colander. Discard the solids and add in honey and Echinacea tincture. Stir well (raw honey is very thick, so you may want to add the honey in when the syrup is a little warmer than room temperature to melt it). Do not heat the honey or Echinacea though, doing this will reduce the medicinal benefits of both. When honey is completely mixed, pour into glass jars and store in refrigerator. This will last for about 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. You may freeze what you do not use within the 2-3 week period.

Recommended dosages:

Children 12 and under – 1 tsp. daily

Adults- 1 TBSP. daily

May take on weekdays daily during cold and flu season- rest on the weekend unless ill

Adults- If you do get the flu, take 1 TBSP. every 3 hours  (only waking hours) for 1-2 days–do not exceed 4 dosages in a 24 hour period

Children would take the 1 tsp. dosage


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