Have you ever made your own elderberry syrup? It’s really not as complicated as you think it may be. It’s actually pretty simple. The only somehow difficult task is to get your dried elderberries but once you have that, and the other ingredients on hand, you’re ready to go!
It’s a perfect DIY recipe you can make over a weekend during flu season or when you or your family is sick. It will help to boost the immune system.
Sure you can buy it too. If you’re busy and money isn’t an issue than go ahead and get it, it’s definitely easier. A small bottle of elderberry syrup will cost you about 23$. Sometimes it’s good to buy for convenience and sometimes I think it’s fun to make it too. Try both and see what you prefer:)
Where to Buy Elderberries?
I use dried elderberries in the recipe. They can be purchased in most health food stores nowadays, or even online such as Amazon, Well, or websites like iHerb or Mountain Rose Herbs, which I love. The amount you need will depend if you plan making a lot of it but a small bag to start will be enough.
If you were going to use fresh or frozen, you will just need more berries, about the double amount.
If you like to garden or are into it, you can even grow your own elderberry bush. The stems and leaves can be unsafe so make sure you use the berries only.
Can You Reuse Elderberries?
Unfortunately not. Once they are boiled, they get all the nutrients out and then the berries are mashed to really extract everything from them. You throw them away and you start a new batch of syrup with new berries.
People have used elderberry for its health benefits for hundreds of years. The berries are known to fight the common cold and flu, and support the immune system. They contain vitamins A, B, and C, as well as potassium, calcium and iron, and antioxidants.
How Much Per Serving?
I do 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, depending if it’s for prevention or treating. You can do 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day for prevention and go up to 1 tablespoon when sick.
Can I Give to Babies?
Yes but NOT to infants (less than 1 year old) as it contains honey.
How Long Will It Last?
It will keep up for about 6 months in the fridge. The honey acts as a natural preservative.
How Do I Store the Syrup?
In glass jars or amber bottles.
What if I’m Vegan?
As the syrup is sweetened with raw, local honey, and honey isn’t vegan, feel free to use a natural liquid sweetener such as maple syrup, molasses or raw agave.
I don’t recommend not using any sweetener as the berries are pretty bitter.
What Else Besides Syrup Can I Make With Elderberries?
The cooked berries can be used to make juice, jams, chutneys, pies and elderberry wine. You can also make natural healing gummies with the juice.
What Ingredients Do I Need?
- Dried elderberries
- Cinnamon stick
- Whole cloves
- Ginger root
- Organic local honey
If you have the ingredients on hand, go ahead and give it a try! Let me know in the comments below if you have any difficulties, questions or feedback.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries
- 1 cup of filtered cold water
- 2 tbsp fresh ginger root, grated or slice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 8 whole cloves
- 1/4 cup raw or local honey (or maple syrup or agave if vegan or for infants)
- 1 dropful Echinacea tincture, optional
- Combine berries with water in pot and bring to a light boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let steep 1 hour.
- Strain berries with a mesh strainer and press on the berries using a spoon to extract all the juice. Discard berries.
- Add honey, and echinacea if using, and stir to combine.
- Transfer into a glass bottle and refrigerate.