Homemade Elderberry Syrup

It seems that each year, the flu virus strengthens and becomes more difficult to treat with vaccines and over-the-counter medications. This year alone, the deaths of children from the flu has risen exponentially. Maybe it’s a bad year for the flu, or perhaps the vaccine itself is useless and causes more harm than good.

I’m trying to find ways to treat ailments naturally and without the use of vaccines. Rather than waiting to medicate until the flu virus has overrun my body, I am treating the virus naturally when the symptoms first begin. I am a believer in natural medicine and the use essential oils in medicine. I have found that elderberry syrup is a must-have for boosting my immune system and fighting off the flu.

The Organic Prepper calls elderberry extract “nature’s tamiflu” and she couldn’t be more correct in this statement. In her article, the Organic Prepper writes, “Scientists have isolated the active compound in the elderberry. It is called Antivirin and is found in proteins of the black elderberry. The compound prevents the flu virus from invading the membranes of  healthy cells.”

She also goes on to say that, “Unlike the highly touted flu shot, black elderberry has actually been conclusively proven to be effective. It is one of the few natural remedies that has been written up in the medical journals.”

Elderberry Benefits

  •  antioxidant, diaphoretic, diuretic, laxative, immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory
  • To treat coughs, colds, flu, bacterial infections, viral infections, tonsilitis, lower cholesterol, improved vision and heart health.

I found this recipe for elderberry syrup using basic ingredients that I had in my pantry. My family takes 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults each day during the flu season.

Elderberry Syrup

  1. Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and citrus slices and bring to a boil. Then, cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  2. Remove from heat and let mixture cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  3. Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
  4. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
  5. Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.

Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

Recipe Source

Stay healthy, everyone!


Additional Links on Elderberry:

Keep Germs At Bay With Immune-Boosting Jam

Forget the Flu Shot: Handwashing and Elderberry Extract Are the Best Defenses Against the Deadly Swine Flu Outbreak

How to Make Elderberry Syrups and Jellies

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Originally published January 19th, 2014
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  • Pickles

    When I lived in Idaho, (Prepper Capital), foraging for fresh elderberries and their flowers was never a problem. Now that I am in Zoo Jersey, I have only found one wimpy bush. I have had to fall back to ordering dried elderberries. If I soak the berries first, then follow your directions, I should still be able to make the syrup, right?

    Your article was excellent!

    • Tess

      Yes, rehydrating the dried elderberries works just as well.
      I also have a stash of dried elderberries and when I make the syrup, I just
      throw them into the pot along with the other herbs and water – it works great!

      I just purchased an elderberry bush for my garden, so I hope
      to get some fresh ones next year.

      Have a great night!
      Tess Pennington

  • concernedhousewife

    Elderberry jam is super good too. And great to have around in case of colds.

  • Harry Josie Meekins

    A question about step 5 above. It doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense to me to not take the syrup on weekends. If you’re going to build immunity it should be a total effort. It seems like taking two days off of a diet. Building immunity could take months or even years.

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