1. Elderberry Flu Remedy
Wash and drain your fresh elderberries and strip them from their stalks.
Place in a pan with enough water to cover and simmer for about half an hour until soft.
Strain through a sieve to remove the bitter seeds.
For every 600 mls of juice, add 450 g of sugar, the juice of one lemon and 10 cloves.
Return the pan to the stove, add a 2 cm piece of fresh ginger and simmer until all the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and boil rapidly for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow to cool and extract the ginger and cloves. Pour into ice cube trays for freezing or into a glass bottle and refrigerate.
Standard daily dose is 1/2 to 1 Tbsp for adults or 1/2 to 1 tsp for children for boosting immunity. If the flu strikes, the frequency of the dose can be increased until the symptoms clear. Can be diluted in warm water or poured over ice cream.
2. Elderberry Syrup
1 cup dried elderberries
2 cups filtered water
1 cup raw honey
Place dried elderberries in a saucepan with water. Bring to the boil then simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and mash the elderberries. Strain into a glass bowl and cool to about 40 degrees C before adding raw honey and mixing thoroughly. Store in glass bottles in the refrigerator.
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If you do not have your own, Elderberries can be sourced from:-
(And on a related subject, you will know that we use Elderflowers in both our best-selling Elderflower Exquisite Moisturiser and ImmuniTea blend.)
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