Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup has long been proven to have healing properties and boost immunity, especially against colds and the flu. Adults take 1 Tbsp. per day for maintenance; up to 3 Tbsp. per day when sick. Children over 2 take 1 tsp per day; up to 3 tsp per day when sick. Babies can have ½ tsp per day of elderberry syrup without honey added. In our family, this simple syrup has fought allergies and colds with great success. And, we’ve never caught the flu while taking it. We love how this delicious syrup boosts our immunity and is so much safer than over-the-counter treatments or vaccines to keep us healthy.


¾ cup organic, dried elderberries

3 cups filtered water

¾ cup raw, unfiltered honey

optional: Young Living essential oils (orange, thieves, etc.), cinnamon, ginger, cloves


  1. Place dried elderberries and filtered water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes. The liquid will reduce by about one-third.
  3. Remove pan from heat and mash the elderberries to release any remaining juice.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass bowl using a cheesecloth.
  5. When the liquid has come to about body temperature or lower (about 30 minutes later), gently stir in raw honey and mix thoroughly. Check the syrup with a thermometer to assure it is below 118 degrees F before adding honey to retain antibiotic properties of the honey.
  6. If desired, add spices and/or essential oils and stir thoroughly.
  7. Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar for up to 1 month. Stir thoroughly before consuming as contents settle.


Adapted from The Healthy Home Economist at: https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/simple-elderberry-syrup-to-boost-immunity

(This information is not intended to replace medical advice.)

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