How to Make Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry has been used for centuries to help with many common ailments, such as colds and sinus infections. It was one of the top 5 medicinal herbs I suggested you grow for your family medicinal garden.

The last several years I’ve really been trying to treat common ailments using holistic methods, rather than resorting to over-the-counter or prescription medications. This became really clear for me when they started recalling Tylenol that I had in my cupboard. I thought, what am I giving my family?

Elderberry syrup tastes a lot like raisins, which is nice because that means my little munchkins have no problem taking it.*

Elderberry Syrup


  • 2 cups fresh elderberries (if using dried , 1 cup)
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 cups raw  honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 4 cups water
  1. Add all ingredients into saucepan except for the honey, bringing to a boil, then simmering on low for 30 minutes
  2.  Using a cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a glass container
  3.  Add the honey to your strained mixture, stirring until well-incorporated
  4. Store in the fridge until ready to use, otherwise it can be stored in the freezer

I take 1 tbsp daily as a preventative, otherwise when I’m sick I take 1 tbsp per hour. For kids, the serving size is 1 tsp per day as a preventative, or 1 tsp per hour.

WARNING: Because this has honey in it, do NOT give it to a child under the age of 1! 


*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be one. I’m just a mom who loves to do research! Herbs can interact with medicines and supplements. Please do your research on indications and contraindications, and as always, consult your doctor.
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3 thoughts on “How to Make Elderberry Syrup”

    1. Oh that’s awesome! You will have a LOT of berries to last you a long time once they do start producing! I know that the stems and leaves aren’t edible, but I’ll have to look into what to do with that many:) Thanks for stopping by!

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