Dec 3, 2016

Making Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

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I sure hope you have already been making elderberry syrup for you and your family but if not I think you might be convinced that you should by the time you're finished reading this.

In my previous post about Immune Building Foods I shared just a few of the ways elderberries are good for your health.

Here's a recap:

Elderberries are rich in flavonoids and help to protect your DNA integrity.

Elderberries reduce stress and increase recovery time. It's antiviral and speeds up the body's ability to recover from colds and the flu.

Not only that, it has the ability to protect against 10 strains of the flu unlike the flu vaccine which usually only targets 1 or 2 strains.

When taken at the first symptoms of the flu, it has the ability to reduce the duration of the flu to 3-4 days. Elderberries activate a healthy immune system and reduces inflammation.

Overall, elderberry syrup is an inexpensive and delicious way to protect your family during cold and flu season.

Here's how I make elderberry syrup!

Elderberry Syrup

1/2 Cup Dried Organic Elderberries
3 Cups Filtered Water
1/4 to 1/2 Cup of Honey

(Optional: 2-5 drops of Young Living Thieves essential oils for extra immune strength)

Add 1/2 cup of dried organic elderberries or 1 cup of fresh elderberries to 3 cups of water.

Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for an hour.

Smash berries with a potato masher and then strain the elderberries using a fine mesh strainer and throw out elderberries.

Add honey (and optional Thieves essential oil) to the elderberry liquid. Stir thoroughly. Label a canning jar and pour your elderberry syrup into the jar. Store in the fridge where it will last for 2-3 months.

Take by the teaspoon every 2-3 hours while sick. Drink it daily for immune boosting and for protection against the flu.

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I purchase Frontier Organic Dried Elderberries and I use local raw honey that I purchase from a co-op. You can easily find a local apiary by searching online or asking at a farmers market near you.

Check out Pub-Med for more information about elderberries.


  1. Oooooh! Thank you for this recipe! Tina R.

  2. Okay, so, wait: my brain saw "syrup" and was expecting something to put on pancakes and such, but this is more like "cough syrup", but as a preventative medicine, right?

    This sounds really good. I wonder if my local organic store has dried elderberries!

    1. Actually Daisy, you can increase the honey and use it as a syrup for your pancakes!


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