Last week two co-workers with offices just a few feet from mine went home with the flu. I’ve been taking elderberry syrup once or twice a day since October to bolster my immune system, but when my co-workers started getting sick, and when I started to feel a cold come on, I started taking it two and three times a day to combat what I would not like to take hold of me! Black elderberries have been used since ancient times. Some great information can be found at blackelderberry.info. For the last three days, I’ve only had symptoms, I am taking a tablespoon of elderberry syrup about 3 times a day now, drinking echinacea and licorice tea, getting rest, and eating lots of vegetable soup. Here is how I make elderberry syrup! ¾ c dried elderberries 3 ½ c water 1 T cinnemon 1 T ginger 1 T cloves 3 T Apple Cider vinegar (I still have some that’s infused with echinacea, so I use that) ½ c raw honey Bring elderberries and spices to a boil in water. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth. Add vinegar and honey. Stir, done! I have been keeping it in the refrigerator up to 2 months. Dosage: 1 T, 1 or 2X a day for adults, less for kids depending on age and size. Increase the dosage if starting to feel ill.