|All ingredients should be ORGANIC, in order to reduce environmental contaminants and pesticides|
which can contribute to inflammation and illness.
1 lb. Elderberries (of course)--thought to be anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant (which is great for helping prevent cancer) Can be purchased here.
|Add the elderberries, sliced ginger root, echinacea, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise to a large pot. Doesn't it look pretty?|
|Pour 16 cups of water on top of the ingredients.|
|Remove the large pieces ginger and cinnamon from the liquid and discard. |
(I compost them or feed them to my chickens!)
|Next, strain the elderberries out of the liquid. You can either press additional liquid from the elderberries...|
|...and squeeze out the additional liquid.|
|Next, stir in the honey.|
|And add the vinegar.|
|Set aside the completed mixture.|
|Place all of your containers in a large pan, and boil for 20 minutes. |
This will prevent contaminants (yes, I am a germophobe, but that is ok!).
|Fill each of your containers, leaving a small amount of space at the top.|
|Feel free to make cute labels!|
A normal dosage is 1 teaspoon twice per day.
During flu season or at the first sign of illness, take 1 teaspoon four times per day.
Do not give this to children under the age of 2, due to the presence of raw honey.