Elderberries have been used as a natural remedy for colds and the flu for decades. Research suggests it inactivates the flu virus and is as beneficial as the flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza which are used for the treatment of the flu. Elderberries can also cut flu severity and shorten the illness if taken soon after flu symptoms, with no drowsiness, the downside of many flu treatments.
1/2 c. Dried Berries or 1 c. Fresh Berries
3 c. Water
1/2 c. Honey
2/3 c. Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg's)
Flavor options: add cinnamon, cloves, ginger if you like
Fill pot with water and dried elderberries. Bring to boil and let boil 30 min. If you have an instant pot you can set the pressure to high for 10 minutes and let it release naturally. (I prefer this method). Take off heat and mash elderberries up well (I used potato masher). Strain out the liquid into separate bowl using cheese cloth, coffee filter or something similar. Once strained add honey to the elderberry liquid and stir well. Then add the Apple Cider Vinegar, stir well. Place in a jar and put in fridge for up to 6 months.
As preventative: Adult 1 Tbsp a day, Children 1 tsp a day
You can drink straight or mix with water.
If using as flu/cold medicine, take same dose but every 1-3 hours instead of just once a day. (Be careful, as it has somewhat of a laxative effect if taking too much).