Elderberry Syrup is a well known home remedy for cold and flu symptoms, and has been used for centuries to promote good health. The dried berries of the Sambucus nigra plant are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds, which have been shown to relieve flu symptoms powerfully and effectively. This recipe is made with just 6 ingredients and ready in less than an hour. Perfect for keeping on hand during the cold months of winter!
If you’re someone who’s focused on health and wellness, chances are you’ve heard about the benefits of Elderberry Syrup by now. And while it’s typically readily available at health food stores or online, it’s also incredibly easy to make at home.
I ALWAYS have a supply of it in my fridge, particularly during cold & flu season, and take it daily to help boost my immune system. It’s quick and easy to make, it tastes great, and I love the fact that every single ingredient plays a specific and powerful role in its healing properties.
We all know how miserable it is to be sick, but with this easy homemade recipe you can help keep you and your family healthy all year round!
Every ingredient in this Elderberry Syrup has specific healing properties, which is part of what makes this such a popular home remedy.
- 1/2 c. whole dried elderberries – the Sambucus nigra variety is the one that’s most closely tied to health and healing. Elderberries are anti-viral and immune-boosting.
- 4 c. water
- 2 Tbsp. rosehips – beneficial because they are naturally high in vitamin C
- 2 tsp. whole cloves – cloves are known to be anti-microbial
- 2 tsp. dried ginger root – ginger is soothing and immune-boosting
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks – cinnamon is high in anti-microbial properties
- 2 Tbsp. raw, local honey – honey is immune boosting, particularly when it is raw and locally sourced
How to make Elderberry Syrup
This syrup couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is a saucepan, some measuring utensils, a fine strainer, and a glass jar to store it in. Then just measure, mix, boil, and strain… and you’re all set!
- Combine all ingredients (except honey) in a medium saucepan.
- Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until mixture reduces by about one third.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Strain mixture while still warm, then add honey.
- Store in the refrigerator and take daily to help boost immunity.
What are elderberries?
There are many different types of elder plants and trees, but the European variety known as Sambucus nigra is the one that’s most closely tied to health and wellness. Its history dates back to 400 BC, and Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”, called the elder tree his medicine chest.
Elderberries are dark purple berries that loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, B, and C, all of which are believed to help boost your immune system.
Why make it at home?
Not only will you save money by making it at home, but you can also adjust the ingredients according to your family’s tastes. Some people might prefer more cinnamon and ginger, and some (like my kids) will prefer it a bit sweeter with more honey.
Where to find the ingredients
All of the ingredients for this can be found online. You may also be able to find them in your local health food store.
Use and Storage
Elderberry syrup can be taken straight or stirred into another beverage. Some people recommend taking it daily to help boost immunity, while others use it specifically at the onset of symptoms. Homemade syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
- 1/2 c. whole, dried elderberries
- 4 c. water
- 2 Tbsp. dried rosehips
- 2 tsp. whole dried cloves
- 2 tsp. dried ginger root
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Tbsp. raw, local honey
- Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until reduced by one third.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- While mixture is still warm, strain into a glass jar and stir in honey.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 10Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g