How To Make Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry syrup is what I call my homemade flu medicine. Elderberries are a great immune booster and are good for bronchitis, colds, coughing and especially the flu. They contain compounds that inhibit the flu from penetrating cell membranes and invading respiratory tract cells. You can take the elderberry syrup daily to help prevent the flu, or every hour if you have come down with the flu (or a cold, etc.)  This syrup is very beneficial to your health and it tastes great too!!!

How To Make Elderberry Syrup

1/2 cup dried elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup raw honey
Bring berries and water to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Mash berries and strain through a cheesecloth or a fine strainer.  Stir in honey and pour into jar.  Store in the refrigerator for 3 months.

Elderberry Syrup Oxymel

(Adding apple cider vinegar to this syrup turns it into an oxymel.  Apple cider vinegar gives extra benefits, but the recipe above with only honey is great too!)
2 cups dried elderberries
4 cups water
3 cups raw honey
Follow the same instructions as the recipe above.  This recipe lasts for 6 months in the fridge.
For both recipes:
Child – take 1 tsp. daily
Adults – take 1 tbsp. daily
(Or hourly if sick)

Watch a video of me making elderberry syrup!

Don’t know where to buy dried elderberries? You can buy organic dried elderberries here.
Though it does save a lot of money to make your own syrup, if you would like to buy some, you can.  This elderberry syrup is a good quality to buy.
Enjoy making this healthy, easy syrup for you and your family. πŸ™‚

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  1. says

    Thank you for your post Jill! We all are coming down with something here. I am going to try to get to the store today to pick up the stuff to make a batch! πŸ™‚

  2. says

    Hi ,
    I’m visiting from a blog hop. Love your blog and am now following you. I would love it if you visited my blog and followed me back at Gluten Free A-Z

  3. says

    Mmm I love elderberry syrup… it’s probably time for me to go ahead and make up a new batch, actually! I’ve never tried it with ACV added, though… I may try it the next time I make a simple syrup. I’ve been wanting to incorporate it a bit more.. I usually like to add in some other stuff to my syrup though… hawthorne, rose hips, hibiscus, cinnamon.. I wrote about my two main recipes here:

  4. says

    I’m visiting from Prov. 31 Thursday. I love this kind of stuff, and I’m so glad to find a resource all in one spot! I don’t see an option to subscribe via RSS, so I liked you on fb instead. Thanks!

  5. says

    You sure can, Sue. The rule of thumb is normally to use twice as many fresh herbs in recipes that call for dried herbs. Just double the amount of elderberries in the above recipes, and you’ll have an awesome syrup on hand. πŸ™‚

  6. says

    Hi Jill, me again, the newbie…. I am going to add this to my staples (have been buying echinacea drops for years but this sounds my better). Your recipe says “store in the refrigerator for three months”… does that mean it is ready after three months, or that it is only good for three months?
    Thanks so much!

    • says

      Hi, Les! That means that it is good for 3 months in the refrigerator. The recipe with vinegar is good for 6 months. You can use the syrups right away! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the question!

    • says

      It will still work with regular honey, but it is SO much healthier and effective with raw honey. Raw honey is medicine in itself. If there is any way at all that you can get raw honey, I would. Thanks for the question! πŸ™‚

  7. Becky T says

    Hi, I was wondering if I could use the raw organic honey (I have from the Bulk Herb Store) in this recipe? The consistency is different, so I was wondering if it would work?
    I was also wanting to know if I can give this elderberry syrup to my 20 month old?
    Thanks so much.

  8. says

    My youngest daughter suffers from terrible coughs and started to go down with one last week – they can least weeks! So I made my first batch of the Elderberry syrup (from berries I picked myself) just over a week ago to see if that would help.
    It did. I put her on doses before and after school and the cough and sniffles went in a couple of days. She loves the taste and is more than happy to take it.
    I have since bought more pre-dried elderberries and made my next bulk batch. Everyone is on a dose a day and I’m thrilled!
    Thanks Jill for a simple and effective home remedy that helps me make a positive contribution to my family’s well being.

  9. Rebecca says

    Thank you for this recipe…I’ve been making if for several years, now. It’s the first thing we take when we don’t feel well and will usually stop or minimize a cold when taken early enough. My question is, do you feel it is safe for breastfeeding mothers to use the raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey in this recipe?

  10. says

    Thanks for the recipe. I have access to fresh elderberries can I use them instead. Also can I put them through my juices befor cooking them? Or does that take away good admenities ? It’s I get honey from a local bee keeper is that considered raw honey? Thanks again and God Bless You for your kindness.

    • says

      Yes you can use fresh elderberries! Make sure you remove all the stems since they have toxic compounds, and use 1 part elderberries, 2 parts water, and add 1 part honey. Let me know if you have further questions!

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