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homemade elderberry syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade remedy for colds and flus

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 Inches Fresh ginger root chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried cloves (or 1 teaspoon ground cloves OR 4 drops clove essential oil**)
  • zest of one large or two small lemons
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2/3 cup raw honey


  1. Place elderberries in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold water for a couple seconds to remove any dust or dirt.
  2. Next place elderberries, filtered water, chopped ginger, cinnamon, cloves,  lemon zest and sea salt in a medium sized saucepan.  Do NOT add honey (or clove essential oil, if using) at this point.*

  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer, cover with a fitted lid, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Liquid should reduce to about half.

  4. Remove from the heat, uncover and let cool for about 5 - 10 minutes.  Using a masher, mash the ingredients together to release any extra juices.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer and let cool for another 20 - 30 minutes.  Finally, add the honey (and clove oil, if using) and whisk together.

  5. Pour into glass jar(s) and once cooled completely cover with fitted lids and store in the fridge.
  6. Elderberry Syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 - 3 months.

Recipe Notes

*Raw honey should be added when the liquid has cooled to preserve it's enzymes and nutrients.
**If using Clove essential oil, don't boil.  Instead add when adding the honey.

Important Notes:

Some people can be sensitive to the laxative properties of elderberries.  Start with 1 teaspoon per day to see how you react and slowly increase to 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Elderberry syrup per day during flu season.

Do NOT eat raw Elderberries.  Raw and unripe fruit (as well as other parts of the plant) contains a cyanide-like chemical. Berries must be cooked.

It's best to talk to a doctor or other professional before consuming elderberry syrup if already using another form of a laxative.