Elderberries are always in my home apothecary and homemade elderberry syrup is always in my kitchen.  Elderberries are rich in flavonoids and have been used for centuries to shorten the duration of the flu among.  Elderberry syrup is a very enjoyable way for adults and children to receive the immune boosting benefits from this berry. Simply take 1/2- 1 cup dried elderberries or 1 cup fresh elderberries (use only blue or purple elderberries, not the red ones) and place them in a pot with 3 cups of water. Bring this to a boil. Then turn down the heat and simmer for 30 – 60 minutes. Mash the berries and strain through a colander and/or cheesecloth. Place this liquid into a jar (mason jars work well) and let cool to room temperature.  Once cooled add 1 – 2 cups of raw honey depending on how thick you want your syrup. Stir and refrigerate.  This syrup can also be enjoyed on pancakes, muffins, oatmeal, over fresh fruit, and in yogurt. 

 At the first sign of cold or flu adults take 1 tablespoon and children 2-5 years old 1-1.5 teaspoons and 6 -12 years old 2 teaspoons every 2 hours for the first day and tapering down to 3 or 4 doses per day for several days past the disappearance of symptoms.  

Cinnamon sticks, a vanilla bean, orange or lemon peels, astragulus, elecampane. ginger slices, astragulus, or a number of other herbs could be added to the pot during the boiling and simmering process for additional flavor and health benefits.

pot of herbs for elderberry syrup

Here is a pot of elderberries and additional immune boosting herbs that are about to become elderberry syrup.

Elderberry syrup and garlic honey

Pictured above is a recent batch of elderberry syrup and garlic honey I made one day.  Elderberry syrup – 3.25 quarts, garlic honey – about 1.25 quarts. Every ingredient is certified organic except the honey which is local and raw. Here’s what’s so exciting. I made all that organic elderberry syrup for roughly $50.00 which turns out to be $0.48/oz. A quick look on Amazon shows one brand of organic elderberry syrup to cost $3.97/oz and another costs $2.87/oz. The 2 non-organic brands I looked at cost $1.47/oz and $2.39/oz.  Are you getting interested in building your own home apothecary?  You can do this!

Always label the syrup with the date it was made, the ingredients, what it’s used for, and the dosage and frequency.  

Note: it is recommended that children under 1 year of age not consume honey.

Information found in this post is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose medical conditions, treat any medical conditions, prescribe medicine, or to replace the advice of a physician.