How to Make Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup

Making your own elderberry syrup is easy, kid safe, and something that can help get you through cold and flu season.

Need an immune boost? Learn how to make elderberry syrup for this cold and flu season.
Need an immune boost? Learn how to make elderberry syrup for this cold and flu season.

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The worst part about getting sick is having to take those nasty syrups you can pick up at the pharmacy. You know which ones I’m talking about. We’ve all had one at some point in our life and sometimes they were just as bad as being sick. I’m looking at you, Pepto Bismol. Being sick is miserable as it is so why suffer more just to try to feel better?

Elderberry syrup is a tasty, honey-sweetened syrup that will make you want more even when you’re not sick. Elderberries are a great immune booster and way cheaper to make at home. You can get premade elderberry syrup at some stores if you aren’t up to making your own. However, a homemade syrup is something that you can even use on pancakes…

Benefits of Elderberries and Honey

Elderberries have a long history and are a well known medicinal ingredient. In Germany, elderberries are approved for the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, fevers, and colds. Today, it is a common remedy for colds and flu due to it’s immune boosting properties. Elderberries are one of the most important ingredients in this syrup. It’s here most of the medicinal benefits lie.

Honey is also an important ingredient and has its own medicinal qualities. There are so many benefits to honey but most importantly for this syrup, it has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. These are all great properties to have an ingredient that you are taking while you are sick. If you can’t have honey or if you have a child under 1 year of age, maple syrup can be used instead of honey.

Other herbs

Elderberry is the main ingredient in this syrup but there are other herbs that can be added.

Cinnamon– anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-infective, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, astringent, stomachic, diaphoretic

Ginger– anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-viral, circulation-stimulating, detoxifying, diaphoretic, digestive

Echinacea– antiseptic, immune system stimulant, mild antibiotic, bacteriostatic, antiviral, anti-fungal
*Do not use if allergic to ragweed, mums, marigolds, or daisies.*

Goldenseal– antibiotic, anti-catarrhal, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, anti-malarial, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, immune system stimulant
*This is a great herb but it is also very overharvested. Not safe for children or pregnant or breastfeeding women.*

Rosehips– immune system stimulant, diuretic, laxative, anti-inflammatory

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 1 tsp Cinnamon
 1 tbsp Ginger Powder
 4 cups Water

1

Combine the elderberries and herbs into a pot. Add water.

2

Bring water to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30-45 minutes until it has reduced to about half.

3

Remove from heat and mash the berries. This is an important step to make sure you get all of the juices out of the berries.

4

Strain berries into another bowl or container using a strainer or cheesecloth. Let the mixture cool enough to handle if using a cheesecloth. Press the berry mash with a spoon or squeeze your cheesecloth to get all the liquid out. Discard or compost the elderberries.

5

Add equal parts raw honey to the elderberry liquid. You want the liquid to be warm enough to dissolve the honey, but not boiling.
For example, using this recipe I usually get around 1 cup of liquid. I then add one cup of raw honey to the liquid.

6

Once the honey has completely dissolved pour the syrup into a freezer safe container.
Store syrup in the freezer. This recipe makes about two cups of syrup.

Elderberry syrup will last a few weeks in the refrigerator and months in the freezer.

Ingredients

 1 tsp Cinnamon
 1 tbsp Ginger Powder
 4 cups Water

Directions

1

Combine the elderberries and herbs into a pot. Add water.

2

Bring water to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30-45 minutes until it has reduced to about half.

3

Remove from heat and mash the berries. This is an important step to make sure you get all of the juices out of the berries.

4

Strain berries into another bowl or container using a strainer or cheesecloth. Let the mixture cool enough to handle if using a cheesecloth. Press the berry mash with a spoon or squeeze your cheesecloth to get all the liquid out. Discard or compost the elderberries.

5

Add equal parts raw honey to the elderberry liquid. You want the liquid to be warm enough to dissolve the honey, but not boiling.
For example, using this recipe I usually get around 1 cup of liquid. I then add one cup of raw honey to the liquid.

6

Once the honey has completely dissolved pour the syrup into a freezer safe container.
Store syrup in the freezer. This recipe makes about two cups of syrup.

Elderberry syrup will last a few weeks in the refrigerator and months in the freezer.

Elderberry Syrup

How Much to Take

Children: 1/2-1 teaspoon

Adults: 1/2-1 Tablespoon

Take once daily for preventative measures. Take the regular dosage every 2 hours or so when you become ill.
Talk to your doctor before using elderberry syrup for you or your children.

Safety

Be cautious and learn the safety of each herb that you decide to add to this syrup. I also wouldn’t use this as a syrup for pancakes if you add anything more than cinnamon, ginger, or rosehips. Always remember that honey is not safe for children under 1 years old and you should talk to your doctor before giving your child honey.

Are you ready for cold and flu season? I sure am! Comment below and let me know how your syrup making goes or post a photo on Instagram and tag it with #notyourtypicalremedy!


Sources:

Herbwisom
WebMD

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