Homemade Elderberry Syrup
I whipped up this Homemade Elderberry Syrup last night. It was super easy and made my house smell great.
Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries and dates back thousands of years as a natural remedy for cold and flu. The ingredients are packed with immune supporting benefits to support our bodies during cold and flu season. One study showed people who took the Elderberry Syrup recovered from the flu four days earlier than those who were given the placebo syrup. Yes please! Check out this study HERE.
Here is a list of the main ingredients in Elderberry Syrup, and a few of the properties they process. You can see why they are so powerful together!
Organic Honey: Antibacterial Properties – Rich in Antioxidants – Natural Energy Source
Fresh Ginger: Fights Infections – Helps with Nausea – Clears Sinuses
Cinnamon: Anti-inflammatory – Antibacterial Properties – Full of vitamin and minerals
Lemon: Alkalizes Body – Detoxes Body – Immune Support
Clove: Antibacterial/Antiviral Properties – Rich in Antioxidants
As I was searching for syrup recipes I found this graphic from Dr. Axe. It looks like we could all use a little Elderberry in our lives! click HERE for more good information on his website about the benefits of elderberry.
I first heard about Elderberry Syrup from a friend who shared ways she and her family were supporting their bodies this Winter season. After she explained what Elderberry Syrup was I new it was something my family could use. I’m by no means against modern medicine, and I’m grateful it is there when we need it. However, if there is a natural way to support our bodies and prevent or treat the cold and flu I choose to use that option first. I love that we have so much amazing information and education at our fingertips. It feels empowering to be intentional with what we put in our bodies and our children’s bodies. Sometimes we just can’t avoid sickness completely; this syrup can help us kick the cold and flu to curb faster while relieving symptoms as well.
I found multiple recipes for Homemade Elderberry Syrup. I sifted through the many recipes and found the common ingredients were Elderberries(dried or fresh), Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, and Honey. Some people choose to add orange peels, lemon, rose hips, echinacea, and other immune supporting ingredients. I honestly think these are all great options. I chose to stick with the basic ingredients plus lemon, as lemon is so great for us and also acts to help preserve the syrup.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
2/3 Cups Dried Elderberries
2 Organic Cinnamon Sticks
10 Wh0le Cloves
2 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger, grated
3 1/2 Cups Purified Water
3/4 Cup Organic Honey
Place water along with all the ingredients except the Honey in a small saucepan. Cut the Lemon in half and place in the pan. Bring just to a boil, but be sure not to boil. Turn the heat to low for a slow simmer. Simmer uncovered for 40 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by half.
Once the liquid has cooled to lukewarm, add the honey and stir until completely combined. Store in a Mason Jar or other glass container. Refrigerate.
Take 1 teaspoon daily for immune support – 1/2 teaspoon for children
Take 1 teaspoon every 3-4 hours while you are sick with he cold or flu – 1/2 teaspoon for children
Store in the refrigerator for up to three months
Note: I’m just a mom sharing recipes and options that we love to use. I’m not a doctor. This has not been evaluated by the FDA. Choose what is best for you and your family and what you feel comfortable with.