You can use the elderberries on their own or mix in some other herbs like echinacea root, another immune booster. The echinacea makes the tea slightly more bitter in my opinion, but try it if you are feeling adventurous. If you are giving it to the kiddos, I’d say stick to the the Elderberries. Teas are typically made from pouring hot boiling water over an herb. After Elderberries are dried for storing, they become small and dense, to make tea, they need to be simmered in order to draw out the medicinal properties. This is actually called a decoction.
I like to make a large pot of this delicious drink so that I can enjoy it throughout the day. To make it, throw a few tablespoons of berries into a large pot and cover it with 3 inches of water. Bring it to a boil and then simmer it down for 15 minutes. The water will turn a beautiful pink color. Strain the juice, add the honey, and enjoy!