Winter is in full swing.   While an optimal diet can boost the immune system and ward off viruses, most everyone comes down with a seasonal illness at some point.  One of our favorite immune boosters is homemade elderberry syrup.     Elderberries are  very high in bioflavonoids, vitamin C  and antioxidants.   It’s a powerhouse.

Essential Elderberry Syrup

1/2 cup dried organic elderberries (you can harvest and use 1 cup of fresh)
3 cups water
1 cup raw local honey

Boil water.  Add elderberries and reduce heat.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Mash the berries or put through a sieve to release all of the juice.  Strain the mixture.  Let cool and stir in the honey.  Ass essential oils for flavoring.  Will keep for 2-3 months in the fridge.

For preventative use, take 1 tablespoon daily.  When fighting an illness or when a power immune boost is needed, take 1 tablespoon every 3-4 hours.

You can purchase elderberry syrup at your local health food store.  Expect to pay up to $20 a bottle.  Making your own syrup is a very simple remedy and an inexpensive way to nourish your body.  And it’s quite tasty, too.