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How to Make your own Organic Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup is known for its health benefits but can have some side effects. Please research elderberries and understand both risks and benefits.  This post may contain affiliate links. 

Make your own Elderberry Syrup

When trying to treat or prevent an illness, Elderberry Syrup is an excellent immunity booster.  Elderberry Syrup comes from the Sambucus Plant which is found in the northern hemisphere of North America and Europe.  

There are many health benefits from taking elderberries.  They have been known to reduce allergy symptoms, fight bacteria and infection, along with strengthen our immune systems. 

I'm sure you are hearing a lot about elderberry syrup since it is cold and flu season. You can find elderberry syrup for sale at your local health stores and I'm even seeing commercial ads on television.  But for a fraction of the cost, you can make your own. The best part is you know exactly what is in it and it is super easy!   

Let's Talk Ingredients

All ingredients can be found at any health store and or grocery store.    The elderberries can be a little challenging.  I've found them in the bulk food sections where you can purchase by weight at Fresh Thyme Market or you can purchase here online.  The 1lb bag will last you quite some time.  So far I've made quite a few batches and still have a half bag of dried berries. My guess is the 1lb bag I purchased will last me through summer.

Elderberry Prices

I paid around 18.00 for my 1 pound bag.  Currently prices are up on elderberries due to the high demand and it appears the main company that sells elderberries to the distributors has their dehydrator down.  My guess is in a few weeks we will see these prices vary and go down a bit.  

What you Need

  1. 3/4 cup of dried organic elderberries
  2. 1 cup of organic raw honey
  3. 3 cups of water
  4. 2 tablespoons of freshly grated organic ginger
  5. 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon of organic cloves (can be purchased by weight also)

The Process

Add all ingredients except the honey in a pot and bring to a boil.  Then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes.  

You are looking to simmer until the liquid reduces to about half. I periodically use a fork and mash the berries to release its juices. In the end you will strain the berries from the liquid. 

Once you've reduced the liquid, it's time to strain the berries from the juice.  

Time for Honey

The honey is the last ingredient you will add.  Add the honey once the liquid has cooled to room temperature. Once it's cooled, stir in the honey.  There you go... You have Elderberry Syrup!  


You can place in a glass jar or  bottle and store in the refrigerator.  I've read that it's good for a few weeks and I've read it is good for a few months.  I say it's good until it's gone!  It doesn't last long at our house.  The kids ask for it every day and never let me forget.

How much to Consume

We take one teaspoon daily for immunity boosting properties during cold and flu season.  When we are under the weather, I boost the dosage to 3 teaspoons a day or whenever the kids ask.  

I've also read that it is beneficial to take it for 5 days and then take 2 days off and then repeat.  Supposedly the 2 day break helps give your immune system a boost. 

Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the final product.  I will add that here soon but until then...it is time for you to make your own elderberry syrup!

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  1. I have heard so much buzz about this lately! I am definitely making it if we get the flu. It sounds like a great remedy!

  2. I enjoy making our own syrups and have made several different kinds. Never tried the elderberry syrup. Will have to give this a go.

  3. I keep hearing about elderberry syrup! I haven't tried it yet. I might have to if we get ill, so thank you for this!

  4. Wow I would love to try this! I've heard of elderberry but have never seen it in stores or tried anything with it!

  5. I would rather go through the process of making my own syrup than to purchase supplements that may not have all the benefits of elderberry. I will save this recipe and see if I can purchase some elderberries at the store or local farmer's market.

  6. I was actually just talking about this with someone! I would love to try it and all of its benefits.

  7. I've never had elderberry but I've heard they're really healthy. This is ideal for this terrible cough, cold and flu season we're having.

  8. This looks super fun and tasty! I would love to have this with some of my dishes.

  9. Elderberry syrup looks really great! I would love to make some of it sometime.

  10. I have heard more about elderberries this flu season than ever before!
    Thanks for this new take on vitamins/supplements.

  11. I've never seen elderberries before, I'll have to get some. This would be great to have around the house during this time of the year.

  12. Sounds like something that we can easily make at home. It's really nice to make this as it's packed with a lot of health benefits!

  13. I have tried Elderberry syrup soda at IKEA once and it was delicious! I would love to make this version myself at home. This syrup would be great in some seltzer water!!

  14. Believe it or not, I have never heard of elderberry and I'm not sure why. It's everywhere all of a sudden and I'm trying to catch up lol.

  15. Perfect for flu season! I've never made elderberry syrup before but I sure would love to give this recipe a try! I really appreciate the step-by-step!

  16. I bet this is amazing. I have never thought to try and make my own syrup.

  17. This sounds like it would be perfect for flu season (I'm currently getting over the flu and it's the worst). I've never tried, or made, Elderberry Syrup before but it sounds interesting.

  18. This is really the first year that I have really heard much about Elderberry and the properties it has when you're sick.


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