Elderberry syrup is a simple syrup made from elderberries and used for its natural immune-boosting properties.
It’s been a couple of years now since I have incorporated the use of elderberry syrup to keep us well during the fall and winter months when the flu/cold season is at its highest threat. If you’ve stuck around for any time on this blog then you know that I am all about natural remedies and holistic healing techniques. It’s always a bonus if I can also make them myself.
For about 5 years now I have relied mostly on a good diet and incorporating essential oils when needed in order to sustain our health. After finding this syrup through a friend. I did some research on this magic concoction and it quickly made my list of must-haves for the flu season. In the midst of COVID, it only stands to reason that this is now an everyday syrup to keep on hand.
It is simple to make and incorporate into your daily diet. Below you can find dosage information along with other ways to enjoy this homemade elderberry syrup.
Benefits of Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry is a centuries-old healing remedy used for its immune-boosting potential. The elderberry is filled with antioxidants, and even anti-inflammatory properties. Elderberries can naturally support the body’s immune function. By helping recover or avoid virus-type illnesses like the common cold or flu more quickly.
Why I Love This Recipe
Each September has now begun as a yearly tradition of mine. To purchase my annual batch of elderberries and begin making this simple syrup. A batch simmering on my stovetop and jars lined with this dark liquid. A regular sight in our home come September.
All ready to share with friends and stock the fridge for the upcoming flu season. I love how simple it is to make and how well it works to keep us healthy. Nature is amazing at keeping our bodies healthy and the more I learn, the more it amazes me.
What You’ll Need To Make It
3 1/2 cups of water
¾ cup organic dried elderberries
1 cup of raw honey
2 drops of clove essential oil or ½ tsp ground clove
1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
A large glass ball jar to store
Pour everything BUT the honey to a large pot with a lid. Allow it to simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes or until about half the liquid has been reduced. Turn the heat off and allow it to steep for about 10 minutes.
Taking a fine mesh strainer strain the liquid allowing all the elderberries to pour into the mesh strainer.
Take a fork and press down on the elderberries to get all the liquid out. Whisk in the cup of honey until completely combined.
Pour the syrup into the mason jar or spring top glass jug and store in the fridge for up to two months.
Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. Formerly placed in the honeysuckle family but later reclassified as Adoxaceae. Elderberries are the common name for these plants which is a species native to North America spanning down through Eastern Mexico and Central America. They grow in both wet and dry soils but in sunny locations.
If you don’t happen to grow or know someone who has an elderberry tree. There are thankfully many sources available that sell quality elderberries. The first place to start might be a health food store though a bit more expensive to purchase this way. Health food stores typically carry high-quality dried elderberries.
Purchase online has been my best go-to way for sourcing them. Buying online is always a little bit riskier however once you find a quality brand that carries them, purchasing is simple. My best tips for sourcing your elderberries if not from a local source. Is to buy organic dried elderberries and be sure to check where they are grown. I buy dried elderberries over fresh ones to ensure a longer shelf life. Below you can find my source for purchasing organic dried elderberries.
What is the proper dosage for elderberry syrup?
There is no dosage recommendation but rather a suggestion to take a tablespoon daily to help boost your immune system. If you have gotten a bug, it is suggested to increase the dosage to one tablespoon every 4 hours until your symptoms decrease.
How to store elderberry syrup?
Storing elderberry syrup is easy. Place the elderberry syrup into a glass container or swing-top glass bottle. Keep in the fridge. I like keeping mine on the fridge door so it is in sight for daily use during the winter months.
What other ways can I use elderberry syrup rather than the dosing recommendations?
There are many ways to enjoy elderberry syrup. Elderberry syrup adds a flavor to hot drinks so it’s a great addition to teas. It can be added to smoothies or topped with ice cream. This is a great way to serve it to kids. It is great in yogurt or parfaits and some people like pouring it atop pancakes or waffles.
Are there any uses for the leftover simmered berries?
I feed mine to my chickens but if you don’t have chickens who will eat them up. You can toss them into the compost pile or simply discard them.
How long will the syrup keep?
Elderberry syrup will keep for up to two months in the fridge.
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- ¾ cup organic dried elderberries
- 3 1/2 cups of water
- 1 cup of raw honey
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 drops of clove essential oil or ½ tsp ground clove
- Pour the water, cinnamon, elderberries, ginger, and cloves into a pot.
- Allow it to simmer for about 45 minutes or until about half the liquid has been reduced.
- Turn the heat off and allow it to steep for about 10 minutes.
- Taking a fine mesh strainer strain the liquid allowing all the elderberries to pour into the mesh strainer.
- Take a fork and press down on the elderberries to get all the liquid out.
- Stir in the cup of honey until completely combined.
- Pour the syrup into the mason jar and store it in the fridge for up to two months.
Tools You Will Need:
A fine mesh strainer
Mason Jars or Storage Container
Nutrition Information:Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g
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