Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Have you given any thought yet to flu prevention for this upcoming season? Will you be one of many standing in line for the official "flu shot", or are you looking for a natural inexpensive, effective remedy you can make right at home for your family?


Just as we have come to adore coconut oil, we have found the same passion for Elderberry syrup.
 Black elderberries,  (sambucus nigra) have been shown to prevent flu and speed up recovery of those who have the flu. {source}

This is not our first go around with Elderberries. We used store bought Elderberry syrup when we made our Antioxidant Lego Gummies.

 We liked the idea of making our own Elderberry syrup from scratch to control what would go in it and the fact that it is less expensive to make in the long run. 

Compare around $15.00 for 4-8 oz. store bought or on-line bottle to homemade, 16oz. for $10.00 thanks to the recipe we found at the wonderfully helpful and insightful blog, Wellness Mama.

                                         Homemade Elderberry Syrup 
From Wellness Mama
  • 2/3 cup black elderberries
  • 3.5 cups of water
  • 2 T fresh or dried ginger root
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp cloves or clove powder
  • 1 cup raw honey 

              How to Make Elderberry Syrup:

Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries,, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)

Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.

When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.

Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

  We take 1-2 tablespoons daily as a preventative, year round instead of just when you start feeling run down with something. We love preventative remedies!

We have also heard of people adding the Elderberry syrup to sparkling water for a refreshing drink, over homemade ice cream and even over pancakes and waffles!

So you don't have to just use the spoon to get the Elderberry syrup in the family.

In case you are wondering where to buy the elderberries, we bought ours here. If you are interested in learning more about Elderberry, please visit here and here.

So what have you decided to do for yourself and your family to increase your chances of warding off the flu?

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1 John 4:19

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  1. Wow! This looks deee-licious! We’d love to have you share your recipe at our weekly Saturday Link Party ! Deb @

  2. My husband would love this! He loves elderberries so much he "stole" a couple of suckers from his mother's yard and planted them in ours. It'll be quite a few years before we see berries, but we'll be patient :)