Elderberry syrup for sick children

Yup!  Summer is on its way in Scotland.  This means rain, warm to windy cold chills, and runny noses.  Scotland is wild, beautiful and unpredictable, and so is it weather.  This spring time cold we are fighting here is stubbornly going nowhere.  Graham and I are surviving but poor Arthur is at the receiving end of snotty nose kisses and the odd cough in his face from his adoring big sister.  She really is a dotting mother hen to this sweet little baby boy.

When we were sick as children my mother used her doctorate in botany to make us her elderberry syrup.  Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C, and this syrup has honey in it for its bacteria killing properties.  Oh, and it is very yummy!  My Mum also made rose hip jam but that’s for another blog.

So here is her recipe

(This is for anyone over the age to one due to the honey)

Take 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberries and add 3/4 cups of water to a sauce pan.  Bring to the boil then allow to simmer for about 30 mins until the berries have softened.  Mash to get out all the goodness and then sieve the mixture.  Leave to cool then stir in 1 cup of high quality honey.  Take one table spoonful up to every two hours or even as a syrup on pancakes etc.  Stores in the fridge for up to about 3 months.

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