Help build immunity with this elderberry echinacea syrup recipe

Help ward off those winter bugs by supporting your immune system and making a batch of this 'Elderberry Echinacea syrup'.

Elderberries are high in vitamin A, B and C and antioxidants.
Echinacea is a great immunity boost and preventative for cold and flus.
Honey is soothing, antibacterial and Manuka honey has medicinal properties.
Cinnamon and ginger are great medicinal herbs and used in ancient medicines.

Picking elderberries from our bushes

Picking elderberries from our bushes

I always make a big batch of this to freeze and share with friends and family, but basic simplified ratio below.

- 1 cup elderberries (I used frozen ones from our trees, but you could also use dried, I would use half the quantity.)
- 2Tbspns dried Echinacea
- A cinnamon stick or two
- 2Tbspn fresh ginger root
- 3c water
- 1/4c raw honey (I used Manuka)

Bring all of the ingredients to a boil then simmer for 45 minutes, use the back of the spoon to crush up the berries while they are simmering. Sieve through a very fine sieve or muslin cloth and then leave to cool for roughly 15 minutes and then stir in the honey.

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You can keep this in the fridge for a month or two or freeze on batches and use when needed. I give roughly 5mls to my kiddies twice a day throughout Autumn and Winter.

Teresa PartridgeComment