Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe


Elderberry Syrup has been a folk remedy for centuries!

These berries contain large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, bioflavonoids, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, B, a large amount of vitamin C and more. This immune boosting natural remedy has been proven to help prevent and speed up recovery from the flu, colds, sore throat, excessive mucus, bacterial/viral infections and tonsillitis.


2/3 cup fresh or dried elderberries

3.5 cups filtered water

2 tbsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp freshly ground cinnamon

1 tsp freshly ground cloves

3/4 cup raw unfiltered honey

2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice



Combine elderberries, water and spices in a saucepan; bring to a boil then cover and lower to a simmer for 40 minutes. Let the syrup cool until it’s just warm and pour through a strainer into a glass container like a mason jar. Be sure to smash the berries to get all the juice out, then you can toss them into your compost :) Once the syrup is about room temperature, add the honey and lemon juice. The lemon juice helps to prolong it’s shelf life; the syrup will stay good in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 months.




Adults – take 1 tbsp daily, 5 days out of the week for prevention during flu/cold season. You can take a tablespoon twice a day at the onset of illness and then every 2-3 hours when sick. *There is no evidence showing any risk of taking elderberry syrup during pregnancy.

Children (ages 2 and up because of the raw honey) – same as above except just a teaspoon instead of tablespoon.


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Author:Nicole Donald

My name is Nicole, I am a peaceful and respectful, unschooling parent raising 5 lovely humans with another on the way. I’m also a doula, placenta specialist, kitchen witch, writer and activist.


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4 Comments on “Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe”

  1. C.B.
    November 5, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I have a 7-month old baby – If I take it, will it transfer through my breastmilk? I don’t want to give it to my baby because of the honey. Thanks.

    • Rhiannon
      December 12, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      You can eat the honey it’s not a danger unless the child eats it themselves.

  2. littlemountainhaven
    November 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Elderberry syrup has been a saviour for many of our kids colds! We’re blessed to have wild Elderberry bushes on the acreage and up the mountain to harvest from. It’s great to see more and more people using it, great post!

  3. November 12, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    awesome! now we wonder where we can find these berries in our side of the world :)

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