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Homemade Elderberry Syrup. Why you need it in your fridge.

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We could all use an immunity boost or even help with some inflammation.
Elderberry Syrup is a great addition to your holistic medicine cabinet.

Elderberries are a traditional remedy for a number of illnesses, and elderberry syrup has been shown to shorten cold and flu symptoms.

Elderberry Benefits:

  • Immune Support – Elderberries also contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has antioxidant and immune supporting properties. They’re also a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin B6, and iron.
  • Nasal and Congestion Relief – Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elderflower and berries may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, such as the sinuses, and help relieve nasal congestion.
  • Elder may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer properties.


Elderberry Syrup

Note: Because this elderberry syrup recipe contains honey, it should not be used in children under the age of one.


  • 1/2 cup Dried Elderberries or 1 cup fresh
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1-2 TBSP Fresh Ginger Grated or 1-2 tsp ground
  • 1/2 tsp Clove Powder or whole cloves
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder or 1 stick
  • 1 cup Raw Local Honey


  1. Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves (do not add honey yet, because the heat will destroy many of its medicinal benefits)

  2. 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.

  3. Strain to remove berries. Allow liquid to cool to room temperature, then stir in honey.

  4. Transfer elderberry syrup to a jar and store in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Store Homemade Elderberry Syrup in the fridge, it will last several months!


  • Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults
  • If you become ill take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

Do you use Elderberry Syrup?
How has it worked for you?

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