Elderberry Syrup

We are in officially in cold and flu season!  Our family has been trying to get away from ‘big pharma’ over the last year or two and finding more natural remedies for what ails us.  I have a girlfriend who picks wild elderberries up near Tahoe every year and makes her own elderberry syrup as a cold remedy.  I didn’t make it up to find the berries this year, but I found some dried elderberries online.  Also known as ‘Sambucus‘, many people swear by this syrup to treat their colds and flu, either as a preventative when germs are flying around or to lessen the duration and severity of an existing infection.

You can of course buy this at most grocery stores or health food stores.  However, it is NOT cheap! I recently saw it for $16 for a 4 ounce bottle.  If you are taking it daily, or multiple family members are taking it- that bottle will not last long.  It is so easy to make your own for a fraction of the price!  This is the recipe I have been using, I have made it both with and without the whole cloves.  Some people don’t like cloves, I just happened to be out of them when I last made a batch and it works either way.


Dried elderberries, ground ginger, a cinnamon stick and whole cloves.

This is quick and easy and I hope it gets you on the road to recovery quickly- or even better, maybe even avoid being down at all!

Elderberry Syrup

3/4 cup organic elderberries

3 cups of water

1 organic cinnamon stick

1 tsp organic ground ginger

4 organic whole cloves {optional}

1 cup raw and unfiltered honey

  1. Add water, elderberries, cinnamon stick, ground ginger and cloves to a pot over medium-high heat.  As soon as the mixture begins to boil, lower the heat to a simmer.  Simmer this mixture for 30 minutes until dark in color and reduced.
  2. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.  You want it to cool down so that you don’t kill off the enzymes in your raw honey- warm is fine, hot is not.  Once the syrup is cooled, add 1 cup of the raw and unfiltered honey and mix to combine.  Store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.


Take 1 tablespoon daily, as needed or as a preventative measure.  You can mix into smoothies, warm tea, water, juice etc.

This recipe makes approximately 16 oz of elderberry syrup. Here’s to a healthier ‘sick’ season!

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