Simple Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Strong Immune Health

Elderberry syrup is one of the best natural remedies to boost your family’s immune health and ward off illnesses, like colds and flu during cooler months. But buying it online or from the store is quite expensive. So, why not make your own?

Making your elderberry syrup not only saves you money, but it's also an easy way to get all the concentrated immune-boosting benefits from elderberries! Plus, you can customize it according to your needs and flavor preferences.

You don't need to look further for a simple elderberry syrup recipe. Let me share with you mine that I've been using for years. Let's go!

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Making your elderberry syrup takes only four (4) steps. Here you go!


● 5 cups of quality water

● 2 cups organic dried elderberries (or fresh if you have them)

● 2 tablespoons of organic whole cloves

● 2 organic Ceylon cinnamon sticks

● 5 tablespoons fresh organic ginger or dried if you don't have fresh ones

● 1 cup of organic raw honey (Local if you can find it - Manuka honey works too)

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  1. Add the elderberries, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and water into a pot. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 40 minutes to an hour.

  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool a bit.

  3. Strain with cheesecloth and squeeze out all the juice. A french press works well soon to strain through!

  4. Pour into a glass container (I like to use a mason jar) and stir in your honey. Make sure to store it in the fridge with a tight-fitted lid.

Ta-da! You now have your homemade elderberry syrup. Take four (4) tablespoons throughout the day and use it within three (3) weeks.

You can also freeze it into ice cubes because it helps last longer. You can also use it in different ways, like putting the syrup on waffles, pancakes, and ice cream.

A Bit of Fun History

Did you know that elderberries had been used medicinally for hundreds if not thousands of years and in so many different cultures?

Elderberry is an antioxidant-rich fruit from the Sambucus tree commonly grown throughout Europe and North America. According to European folklore, it is believed to be magical and can ward off evil spirits.

Beyond its mystical properties, many healers and scholars discovered its medicinal properties, too, and used it to treat different ailments. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine," even called it his 'medicine chest'.

Ancient Egyptians used elderberry to heal burns and scars and improve skin complexion. Native Americans also have a tradition of using elderberry to treat fever and rheumatism.

Elderberry is also a staple of folk medicine and has been used to ease dental pain, soothe nerve pain, and relieve headaches. Modern medicine uses elderberry to help prevent and alleviate cold and flu symptoms.

So, using elderberry for treating different illnesses isn't something new, but has been around for centuries.

Elderberry Syrup Benefits

My family and I have been taking elderberry syrup to boost our immunity and support our overall health for years. But, is there science behind the known benefits of elderberry? There is! Here are its science-backed benefits:

Fight off and improve colds and flu symptoms

Elderberry can fight off colds because it has an antiviral effect against the flu virus. This antiviral effect stops the early stages of the infection. And if you catch a cold, it helps you get over your symptoms faster and lessen its effects based on some studies.

Boost the immune health

With powerful antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and