How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Dried Elderberries

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It’s that time of year! Stress, travel, and too much sugar take a toll on our immune systems. There is a wonderful natural remedy that is really helpful for colds and flus. Today I’m going to share my recipe for how to make elderberry syrup with dried elderberries. 

How to make elderberry syrup with dried elderberries

It can come as a runny nose, a cough, a fever. Sometimes viruses show up as a cold, with watery eyes and nose, sore throat, and lots of sneezing.

However they arrive, we always want to support our body’s immune system the best way possible. The goal is to help our body overcome the virus naturally, so we can be well again.

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Elderberry syrup for cold

Elderberries have been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for cold and flu. They are wonderful for boosting the immune system, and they contain a lot of beneficial properties. Elderberries are:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Anti inflammatory 
  • High in vitamin C

In this recipe for how to make elderberry syrup with dried elderberries, I’m also using some other ingredients that really enhance this natural remedy. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are all warming and stimulating. They also have immune boosting properties of their own. 

Raw honey is full of enzymes, and also makes this elderberry syrup taste delicious. It’s so nice to have a natural remedy that kids enjoy taking!

Using dried elderberries makes this recipe really easy and convenient. Dried elderberries are readily available online, and you can store them at home for a long time. 

How to make elderberry syrup for cold and flu

Is elderberry syrup safe for babies? Is elderberry syrup safe during pregnancy?

Before you take any herbs or any remedy of any kind, you should always talk to your doctor first. If you’re pregnant or nursing, be sure and check with your doctor as well. Ideally, you’ll have a wonderful naturopath doctor and/or midwife that you work with for your family’s health. 

My midwife told me that elderberry syrup is safe during pregnancy, so I went ahead and took it when I was pregnant. I also give elderberry syrup to my kids who are over one year old. Since it has raw honey in it, I never give it to babies under one year. 

When should you take elderberry syrup?

Again, checking with your naturopath doctor is best for dosage recommendations. But, I’ll go ahead and share what has worked well for us. 

For daily immune support, like during cold and flu season, I take one tablespoon per day. I give my kids (under age 12) one teaspoon per day. 

When we get a cold or flu, we take our daily dosage every two hours for several days, or until we feel a lot better. For example, I will take one tablespoon every two hours, and I will give my kids one teaspoon every two hours. 

What to store elderberry syrup in

As like any other remedy, food, or body care product, the type of container matters. My favorite storage material is glass, since it is safe and nontoxic. 

I love these flip top glass bottles for storing elderberry syrup. I used to use mason jars, but it didn’t take long before the rim and sides of the jar became sticky and messy. These bottles are so much easier to pour from, and stay nice and clean. 

How to store elderberry syrup

I keep my finished bottles of elderberry syrup in the refrigerator. They keep fresh for several months.

How to make elderberry syrup

How to make elderberry syrup with dried elderberries directions

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 2 tbsp dried ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup raw honey

Instructions:

  1. Put elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and water into a sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for about 45 minutes, until liquid is reduced by half. 
  4. Allow mixture to cool until still warm but not hot. 
  5. Strain elderberries out of liquid.
  6. Stir honey into elderberry liquid. 
  7. Store in a glass container. 

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How to make elderberry syrup with dried elderberries

It's that time of year! Stress, travel, and too much sugar take a toll on our immune systems. There is a wonderful natural remedy that is really helpful for colds and flus. Today I'm going to share my recipe for how to make elderberry syrup with dried elderberries. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 2 tbsp dried ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup raw honey

Instructions

  1. Put elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and water into a sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for about 45 minutes, until liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Allow mixture to cool until still warm but not hot. 
  5. Strain elderberries out of liquid.
  6. Stir honey into elderberry liquid. 
  7. Store in a glass container. 
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