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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries are a powerful combatant to the cold and flu. As holistic health practices continue to grow it has become fairly easy to find elderberry syrup within local health food stores or even Whole foods grocery. However, elderberry syrup is extremely easy to make and in comparison to store bought homemade is quite a bit cheaper. Elderberries naturally contain vitamin A, B and C which help stimulate your bodies immune system. The syrup form gives you a higher concentrated form that is not only great for preventative care but also helps your recover time when actually sick. In our home we take a tablespoon of elderberry syrup every other day to help boost immunity. 


Here is a simple recipe:

What you'll need:

3/4 cup organic, dried elderberries (Mountain Rose Herbs and Frontier Organic are great brands)

3 cups filtered water

 1 cup raw, local, unfiltered honey


Place dried elderberriesand filtered water in a medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  Smash the elderberries to make sure fully incorporated. Then strain the mixture into a glass bowl using a cheesecloth.

When the liquid has come to room temperature, gently stir in the raw honey and mix thoroughly. Store and date your finished product. Elderberry syrup lasts two weeks within the fridge once opened and up to a month when in a dark cupboard unopened.


Here are a few additives you can add into your syrup

1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cinnamon is wonderful for boosting brain function and helps control blood sugar.

2 tablespoons of dried ginger root. Ginger helps reduce muscle discomfort and improves overall absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body.