How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Flu Prevention

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Natural Remedy for Colds and Flu How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Flu Prevention

With flu season around the corner and signs for “flu shots” in every store, this is a natural alternative that is inexpensive and effective. It can be made easily at home.

If you or your child has ever had a bad case of the flu, you know how miserable it can be. Especially for moms, it is awful to see your children feeling so bad and not be able to fix it. Black elderberries (sambucus nigra) have been shown to prevent flu and speed recovery in those who have the flu.

Elderberries contain high levels of A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. Several natural elderberry syrups are available at health stores or online, but usually for around $15 or more for 4-8 ounces. This recipe makes 16 ounces for a cost of under ten dollars and kids love the taste!

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe Ingredients How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Flu Prevention

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup black elderberries
  • 3.5 cups of water
  • 2 T fresh or dried ginger root
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp cloves or clove powder
  • 1 cup raw honey (we get from our farmer’s market)

How to Make Elderberry Syrup:

Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)

Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.

When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.

Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.

Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

Ever taken elderberry? Will you try this recipe? How do you ward off illness?

Reader Comments

  1. says

    I am so excited to see this recipe! I’ve been a fan of elderberry syrup for about a year now, convinced that it eliminated my oncoming cold or kept the cold to a minimum. Thanks for the recipe!

      • val says

        hi…was this supposed to be thick when its done? mine isn’t ..but it taste delicious! as for the berries….i made a batch of corn muffins and threw some in….omg….they are sooo yummy!! and to think i have just been feeding them to my chickens!!

      • Jaclyn says

        I went to the mountain rose herbs website and can only find the elderberry extract and powder. Do you use these or the dried/fresh berries? Also if my child is 9months would you recommend honey or maple syrup?

        Thank you!

        • AH says

          2/3 cup of dried elderberries comes out to 2 3/4 oz, by weight…at least the variety I have; different size/moisture content will cause each brand/batch to vary slightly, but this can give you a ballpark idea of how many batches you can expect to get out of a bag of dried berries.

          • Sarah says

            I concur with AH. You would need a dry measurement, as can be achieved with a kitchen/food scale. 8 ounces per cup is a standard wet measurement (based on the molecular weight of water).

      • Kate Colvin says

        You are mixing fluid oz and weight oz.  There are 8 fluid oz in a cup, but the product is sold by weight oz.  It isn’t the same.  I only know this because I have done it so many times myself!

      • Andrea says

        That only works with liquid. There’s eight fluid ounces on a cup, but the weight to volume ratio of dried fruit is different. I doubt 5 oz is correct.

    • quiltedmama says

      I bought 1/4# bag, and it was about a cup (slightly more), so 4 oz should be enough to make 1 1/2 recipes.

    • Sebernard says

      I bought a pound of it and I have done one batch and have enough for another batch. If you will be making this a lot you would be better off to buy in bulk.

  2. Nicole Etter says

    I’ve never heard of this, but I am willing to give it a try! I have used olive leaf in the past and it seems to have helped. Do you have any thoughts on that?

  3. Anonymous says

    I’ve heard good things about elderberries, but never tried them before. I’ll be making this recipe soon, since I always tend to get something that floors me over the winter season. 

    That mountain rose herb shop looks awesome! What else do you buy there? 

    • says

      haha… I buy way too much there! My orders usually come in boxes
      that are big enough for my kids to play house in. Short list though: chia seeds, shea butter, cocoa butter, lavender, chamomile, red raspberry leaf, peppermint, assorted other herbs, himilayan salt, essential oils, coconut oil, almond oil, mango butter, spices, etc. Love mountain rose!

      • Anonymous says

        Excellent. I’m making a list right now. Just gotta wait until payday ;)

        Any suggestions on websites/books where I can learn more about natural home remedies? This stuff fascinates me!!

      • AngelGabe says

        I realize that this post is over 2 years old, but I live in the Mountain Rose Herbs town: I LOVE these guys!!! I pick up my orders on the way home from work, and they are an awesome group of people! Friendly, helpful and always willing to get info when you need it! Thanks for supporting this great company!

    • Kandia says

      I have read a lot recently about not using ginger during pregnancy but I am not sure about in this case since it is cooked. I made “master’s tonic” which involves many herbs including ginger being soaked in braggs apple cider vinegar for a couple weeks and that recipe said to omit the ginger during pregnancy. Hope this helps!

  4. says

    Yes, it is safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.  Since it contains honey, you should wait to use it until baby is one.   You can give a baby under 1 some of the commercially formulated “kid’s syrups”.

  5. says

    That was to Jenny above…

    My questions is – can you take it in tea?  I’ve previously given it to my kids in yogurt or apple sauce, but never anything hot.  I’ve taken it in pill form myself, but I’d love to make the syrup and take it.  I don’t know that I can take it straight though, because I’m really picky that way. ;)  Also, any reason you can think of not to sub maple syrup for honey?  I ‘m allergic to honey.

    • says

      The syrup is actually really good. Some people even eat it on coconut flour pancakes or in homemade ice cream. You could definitely sub maple syrup… it might even taste better. It is possible to drink it tea, though without the honey/syrup, it might be slightly bitter.

    • Lisa says

      we have made it into tea and it is quite tolerable. You could use some stevia to sweeten if you have any. We used the berries in muffins after we steeped them. So yummy.

      • Amy Sasser says

        Such a good idea!! Putting the steeped berries in muffins! I REALLY want to try this – may go buy the rest of the stuff at the health food store tomorrow. yea!

  6. JungleLoveMamasita says

    Susan had some good questions.  I would also like to add, what the heck does it taste like? It is pretty and I imagine it taste like blue berries or something, but not one person mentioned the taste which surprised me.  If it doesn’t taste good it is hard to convince the family to consistently take it.  also, if it has a weird taste maybe somebody has ways to ‘doctor it’ – Love to get some insights.  Thank you.  Love the photo instructions, I think better then video. Keep up the great work, Wellness Mama!

    • says

      I think it actually tastes really good. It is a definite berry taste, though not quite like blueberries. It is like I’d think blackberry juice would taste, though I’ve never had it. My kids (5, 3, and 2) drink it very willingly! The cinnamon adds to the flavor, I think,
      but it could be left out if your kids don’t like it.

  7. Dutchbros Girl says

    Hello,
    The elderberries look dehydrated. If I’m using fresh elderberries, how many ounces or cups should I use?

    Thank You. :)

    • basyfeltn says

      A quart has 64 tablespoons in it, and each tablespoon has three teaspoons in that.  you’d have to figure out how many doses that is for the people you want to dose.  If you want to know how long it will KEEP, that’s another story.  LOL

  8. Basyfeltn says

    I’ve made elderberry jelly before, years ago. and I’ve bought the syrup for my grandbaby when he was small, but so far have never tried to make it.  I’ll definitely be looking for the berries come next year, but they’re over for this year, for sure.   Wish I’d seen it sooner.  I don’t know why but I never see wild elderberries lately, it’s prpbably been twenty years that I’ve seen them just in passing like I used to.  

    • says

      Farmers have been taking out all of the elderberry bushes around here to farm as close as they can get to the creeks. Such a loss of food and habitat for many creatures just to get a few more feet of corn and soy beans.

    • Crista says

      It lasts almost indefinitely in the fridge. I had some for about 6 months in my fridge and just finished it…no mold or rancidity. It tasted the same as the first day I made it.

  9. basyfeltn says

    my experience with herbals is that they should usually last one to two years.  this is a syrup, and we’re making a syrup of fruits.   I’ve had jams still taste good and be as nice as the day I made them five years later, so 1-2 years is conservative.  

  10. Compassion101 says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for putting up this recipe!  We’ve been buying those 4 oz. little bottles of gold & it’s been seriously helping our toddler stay away from his previously frequent colds!  Now we have a whole big bottle in the fridge & mom & dad can even have some when they need it without breaking the bank.

  11. Megan says

    Where or When are Elderberries in Season? I live in California. We have lots of fruits always, never tried Elderberries. Thanks, Megan

  12. Ewins88 says

    What would be a good sub for honey?  I’m am anaphylactic shock allergic to honey so I can not use it at all.  Thanks.

  13. Tina Basinger says

    Can I skip the gingerroot in this?  My son once had a reaction that we thought might be to ginger, and I haven’t let him try it since.

  14. Anonymous says

    A nice addition to the recipe is 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. I also add elderberry extract which I make as well which boosts the potency. Adding it while simmering will cook off the alcohol content. I have also added Siberian ginseng, echinacea and Vit C powder as well for full spectrum immune boosting.

  15. Aladensack31 says

    Where can u buy the elderberries? I would love to make this for my daughter instead of spending money buying it at health food store…..

  16. Rachael says

    I have made this recipe many times before and love it.  Recently I have moved to Africa and brought several bags of elderberries with me.  I am wondering the best way to store them.  Should I put them in my freezer or just leave them in the bags.  I’m not sure how long they will last since they are dried.  Any suggestions?

  17. says

    I picked a bunch of wild elderberries and have more than enough to make a batch. Can I freezer the leftover berries to use at a later time? Also, is the honey used to boost it’s medicinal quality or to give it the syrupy consistency? I only have maybe 1/3 cup right now. Can I put the mixture in the fridge and add the honey later?

  18. Frederica Huxley says

    I have been making a very similar elderberry syrup for the grandkids for a number of years now, but for us oldies, I make an elderberry tincture with vodka – a teaspoon a day in a glass of water seems to keep the colds and flu at bay all winter!

  19. kate murphy says

    Love this. Just placed my order from MRH. So these are high in vitamins A, B and C. My question is: Do you think this would be benefical to take everyday? My daughter has a lot of food allergies and is totally lacking in getting all the vitamins she needs. Especially C.

  20. says

    I am impressed with your recipe for elderberry syrup. Unfortunately, I made elderberry juice recently. I would love to convert that to the syrup. Can I do this and if so, how?

  21. tracy says

    can this be made with dried elderberries??? and if so, are the proportions the same? i can’t tell if wellness mama is using fresh or dried, and only dried berries are available to me at this time…. Thanks!

  22. Linda says

    Katie,
    Is there another place that you would recommend buying elderberries? RMH has been out of stock for a while. All their prices are listed as 0.00 since they are not in stock. What is a decent price for elderberries? Should they be organic, or is this one of the times conventional is ok? Thanks, I’m hoping to make this soon!

  23. Sarah says

    The syrup is wonderful!! Is it safe to eat the left over berries after making the syrup? or to eat the dried berries from MRH in general?

  24. Katie says

    Hi Katie, I bought the powdered elderberries, as they were out of the dried at MRH. Any idea of the amount of power I should use to make the syrup? Thanks in advance!
    -K

  25. Joyce says

    I have elderberry concentrate. How much do you think I should use? No alcohol, just elderberry and water listed as ingredients.

  26. says

    I am a big believer and lover of Elderberry syrup and have been buying it for years. This winter I decided to make my own since we are big local, raw honey fans! I just made this recipe tonight and so far, I’m only yielding about a 1/2 cup to a 1 cup of elderberry syrup(before adding the honey). I thought I did everything according to the recipe. I went back through your comments and it doesn’t sound like anyone else had an issue! Oops! Can you give me any suggestions on how to salvage what I’ve done?! Thank you!

    • FrogsMom says

      I just made some tonight and it simmered for an about an hour and resulted in about two cups of liquid before the addition of honey. I was looking through the comments to see if I would find a result similar to mine! Yours sounds closer to what Wellness Mama ended up with; two cups final liquid.

      I stopped the simmering when it had reduced to about half, per the instructions, and the time was about right, though I was surprised when I strained it to see how much I had left. I really pressed the berries out really well so I wonder if that is part of it.

    • Faith says

      I just bought some Friday from Amazon. More pricey than MRH, but since they were sold out, I needed to find some somewhere! A friend recommened this brand. Mine should come tomorrow and I’ll be making a batch of this syrup to get us through the rest of winter!

  27. calisa says

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe! The syrup is simmering now and smells delicious. I purchased my elderberries from Etsy- Michelle at OldWorldWays. She was wonderful to work with and SUPER fast shipping. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. says

    We have been drinking elderberry tea and taking elderberry syrup since the beginning of the flu season and no flu in this household! We take daily all-natural multi-vitamins and vitamin c from our local health food store. I won’t get my child the flu shot so this has become our wonderful alternative!

  29. Heather Bryner says

    Question… how much liquid should we have before the addition of honey? Your image shows that you had 2 cups of liquid after straining, but then you say to put the contents into a 16 oz jar AFTER the addition of honey, which would bring the volume to 24 oz. Could you please clarify? Thanks!!

  30. says

    We have been using this whenever we ‘start’ feeling icky. We havent been sick all year (this is the first time since we’ve had kids not being sick all year) even though we have a 5 year old who is into everything. My question is…its been working so well that we have some that has fermented in the fridge (tastes like yummy wine). Is it still ok/beneficial to use?

  31. says

    Thanks for all your “get well” recipes.I just sent my hubs to the store for elderberry powder. Not a store in this town carries the berries, but one place has the powder. I’ll be mixing this at lunch time and laying on my sofa with an “elderberry dose” timer set.

  32. says

    I would like to know where to buy the elderberries. Right now I just buy it premade at our local health food store. I assume in the warmer months I can get them at a farmers market but this time of year is hard. I have yet to see them sold in any store here. We are in the North East. Also are they fresh, frozen or dehydrated? Just curious. thanks

  33. gina says

    Must u discard the elderberries after straining? Or can they, too, be consumed (in a different way)??

  34. Lainy Elena Torres says

    I added the honey by mistake before boiling, killing off it’s properties I assume? Do you think there is any way to fix it? If i add additional honey after it cools it will probably be too sweet, right?

    Thank you for such a fabulous page! I’ll be making your gummy vitamins and marcona mayo later :)

  35. April Harrison says

    Can you boil the berries a second time with new water and make another batch (maybe not as strong as the first batch) or is this a big no-no? I have been searching all over the web for an answer with no luck.

    Thank you
    April

  36. sfg4u says

    Hope this works. This is the third time in six weeks hubby has gotten a cold or flu. The syrup is simmering right now. I take Sambucol (OTC med in the US with elderberry) at the first sign of illness and it works well for me, but he wants “real” medicine.

  37. Lainy Elena Torres says

    2 tablespoons of ginger? Do you think that may be too “spicy” for a 3 and 5 year old? I like it, but don’t use it too much in my cooking because of them….thank you for the wonderful recipe :)

  38. Megan says

    Thanks for your lovely recipe! Just got a beautiful bunch of fresh berries today from a local market and can’t wait to make the syrup!

    I searched throughout your comments but couldn’t find an answer…
    What is the proportion if using fresh berries rather than dried?

    Thanks for your time!

  39. Tiff C. says

    Thank-you so much for the recipe! We bought elderberry syrup last year and it worked to keep us healthy, but was very pricey. I found fresh elderberries at the farmers market and made this today. A cold has already hit our house! I was wondering what the consistency of this should be. Mine seems really watery like juice and not like syrup at all. I think I may not have let it boil down enough. Will it still work, just less potent?

  40. Cheryl Misiuda Richardson says

    Hi LOVE YOUR SITE! just a quick question , Can this syrup be canned with out honey for use during winter months? or can the syrup be frozen with honey to be used later? I wonder this because anywhere I have read it is best to use up with in one month.
    Thanks
    Cheryl

  41. JMoore says

    Hi. We have blue elderberries (Sambucus mexicana) here on the california coast. Do you know if these have the same benefits? I just harvested some and made your recipe, replacing the black elderberries with the blue. It tastes great, just wondering if the health benefits are the same.
    Thanks!

  42. Rachie says

    This stuff is amazing! I began making it last winter as an affordable, immune-boosting staple in our home. Last winter, my husband contracted the flu. My son had just turned one. While my husband was flat on his back for four days from the flu, all three of us took it every couple hours. My husband overcame the flu within a week and neither my son nor I got sick! A-mazing! We also crank up our vitamin D levels when we either have a cold/flu or when we’ve recently been around people who do. We have been known to take 80,000 to 100,000 IU’s for 5-7 consecutive days during this intense virus-fighting time.

    Sidenote: When I was actually pregnant with my son, my husband had a cold. I had taken 90,000 of the vitamin D3 every day for about 7 days. I then had a vitamin D blood level drawn. Normal levels are 30-150 ng/mL and mine was only 79. Oh, and I didn’t get a cold.

  43. Irene Tiger says

    I will take this when flu season rolls around! As it is, I’ve been seeing people coughing and sneezing a lot and I’ve had professors and classmates say they’ve gotten bugs, to I might start sooner rather than later

  44. Diane Chander Sutherland says

    Is this for dried or fresh elder berries? I have called my two local health food stores and they do not carry either…where does one get these berries?

  45. Heather says

    My understanding is that elderberries have a lot of arsenic that is very dangerous if they aren’t properly cooked. How long does it take to cook all the dangerous toxins out? I didn’t think you could just use them in muffins and whatnot–I am no expert here but wondering how much they need to be heated to get that out?

  46. Cindy O'C says

    are these dried or fresh elderberries? if they are dried, I saw a really great deal on them at the brewery supply store!

  47. Kelly Blechertas says

    I was dying to try this out this fall/winter, but I only veerrry recently found out I am pregnant. And now I’m not sure being in early pregnancy is good time to try new things. Maybe I’m just being paranoid? I could find documentation on it being safe, and some on it being not-sure-it’s safe! :(

  48. ThePimpleWhispererBrooklynHerb says

    We have been making this for many years for our family and as gifts. I have to say, it has really worked. I do make mine a bit stronger (I start out with more elderberries and water and decoct it twice before the honey) and I do add an ounce of homemade elderberry brandy to the “adult” version to preserve it even more–although it gets used so quickly that I don’t really need the extra preservation really. My 21 month old son begs for more and it’s quite adorable to hear him chant “more el-der-ber-ry PLEASE Momma”

  49. Christie Blanchard says

    Hello, How long does the syrup last in the refrigerator….I’m thinking I can also freeze it, thoughts? :) thanks!

  50. Maggie Laverman says

    I was thinking of buying elderberry extract in a 2oz bottle instead of the berries themselves. How much of this extract do you think I should use to get the equivalent of this recipe? Thank you, and God bless!

  51. Shaina says

    I’ve read that there are side effects to ingesting raw and unripe elderberries. Is there any risk of this happening when making my own syrup using elder berries? I love this idea and hope I can stop buying the overpriced store made soon!

  52. Bonny Sommert Rambarran says

    planted an elderberry tree in the spring . . . hoping I get enough berries to do this next year!

  53. Bobbi says

    I just ordered my elderberries and some ginger root tonight…I have the rest of the ingredients on hand and can’t wait to make some of this!!!

  54. washi102 says

    I love all of your advice & natural remedies! Thank you for your diligence in helping me stay healthy naturally. I only have one problem with this recipe, I am unable to eat honey due to being on a low-FODMAP diet for health reasons. Could I use agave syrup or maple syrup instead? I know I’d be missing out on the antimicrobial benefits of the honey, but I wouldn’t be able to tolerate it.

  55. Andrea S says

    Hi Katie, I’m looking into brands of essential oils. DoTerra and Young Living seem to be of the highest quality, and prices. How do EO from Rose Mountain compare?

  56. Sherri Bellinger says

    I have never tried elderberry syrup but have been studying herbs and natural medicines. This is one recipe I have wanted to try since reading about the medicinal qualities of the elderberry. I have always used vitamin C, echinacea, and honey separately. I have all the ingredients for this syrup except for the elderberries. You can bet I will be getting some soon. Thinking about growing my own elderberries too. Thanks for you recipe.

  57. Shaina says

    i was only able to buy 2 oz of dried elderberry at our local store. could i still follow the measurements in this recipe or do i need to scale it down? thanks!

  58. Nancy says

    We use homemade elderberry syrup for colds and flu in our house and share it with others as we can. If you find an elderberry tree, you can take the clusters off and freeze them for pulling the berries off later as you need them. I usually cover the berries in water, (Be careful to remove any twigs as they contain small amounts of a toxic substance that could have adverse effects!) then bring it to a boil and simmer for about an hour or until the liquid is reduced to about half. I then mash the berries well with a potato masher, pour the mixture through a small mesh sieve and then add honey. I use equal amounts of honey to syrup if it is going to need to last more than a week. An herbalist mentioned to me recently that she makes a tincture first with alcohol then adds the honey. I have never added other ingredients but we also use throat coat tea at the first sign of a sore throat and boost vitamins d and c. :)

  59. Siací Ross says

    I have used elderberry syrup that a friend makes. If I take it just as I feel a cold coming on, the cold is much, much shorter…or it never develops.
    I am going to make my own syrup this year!

  60. Abby Auman says

    Hi! I have made your syrup and have had great results! Love the stuff. Just wondering, I have a diabetic father-in-law. Could I make it with stevia and still get good results?

  61. Marzolf Nicolette says

    I have a question, how long would this syrup last, and if I canned it would it be just as effective, or do you know of any other ways to preserve it that dont take the refridgerator :)….. I`m a big pantry stocker kinda person :) I do a lot of canning and dehydrating and cant seem to find much info other then making a syrup or wine outa the berries :)

  62. Heather Huelskamp says

    I made this today, and it came out to almost 1 quart. Is that okay, or did I not book it down enough? It says fills a 16 ounce bottle, but the beginning volume would be closer to a quart.

  63. Danielle Retherford Kriegel says

    In this recipe did you use dried elderberries or did you soak them first? I just got a bag of dried berries from frontier and don’t know how to store them either?

  64. Ashley Klitzke says

    just made 8 pints of this! (I doubled the recipe, 4 oz equaled exactly a doubled batch) It is super yummy and I actually have the flu now and my throat does feel better, this is incredibly soothing. I used the Really Raw Honey (the completely unfiltered, unbarreled and unheated), it costs more but I love it! I used ground ginger because that’s all I had. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  65. Kenzie says

    We made ours about 2 weeks ago and it’s starting to get a real potent/super strong/almost taste like beer-flavor. Is this normal? how long does it keep? Its almost like its fermenting because when we take the lid off it fizzes up. Thank you!

    • Mel says

      Try your local health stores. If your like me, the items stocked at my local health stores are pretty limited or they are outrageous on their prices. I normally order online from Vitacost and they carry the elderberries. Mountain Rose Herbs also carries them.

  66. Maggie says

    What do you think about using elderberry powder? I accidentally ordered elderberry powder instead of dried elderberries. I was hoping I could somehow substitute them in this recipe. Any ideas?

  67. aieabaseballmom says

    I am not sure if we have elderberries here in Hawaii. I will go look, since its flu season in our household as we speak! Thank you!

  68. Sarah Burnheart says

    Ive been making elderberry syrup/cordial for years. The cloves also help preserve it and I have kept mine for up to a year before. I usually forage for my elderberries – theres a few trees along my favourite walks.
    You can also put clean dry elderberries straight into jars of honey (and with orange or lemon slices too if you like) Leave for a few weeks and strain – then use the honey for flu/sore throats.

    • Brenda says

      No, not garlic. There’s a spice called cloves. You can buy them whole or ground. They’re used a lot in baking for pumpkin pies, cookies, etc.

  69. sonja says

    just made it and i’m so excited to eat this daily. next time i’ll try making it thicker so i can spread it on a sprouted grain cracker. just wondering- why throw away the berries? wouldn’t it be nice to keep the berries in the syrup? also, my mixture didn’t boil down with the lid on, so i left the lid ajar. thanks for the recipe!

  70. Sneeze Queen says

    Fantastic site! Love these DIY posts :) I’ve been looking to make some Elderberry syrup myself as those commercial made ones are sooo expensive. Do u have any idea how long the DIY Elderberry syrup can last with refrigeration? Thanks!

  71. Dawn Nguyen says

    Is your syrup brownbor purple when you are done? I had a lot of elderberries. 4 cups so I tried to do it all at once. It took a LONG time to reduce the liquid by half. Did I do it wrong?

  72. Tina Dodorico says

    I wanted to make this for my family , but wasn’t sure if the raw honey would be safe for my 18 month old . Any suggestions for use on a toddler? Dosage?

    • JJ says

      My son is 16 months and I’ve been giving him 1 tsp since he was a year old. He loves it. Sometimes I give it in a lil water in a sippy cup.

  73. WorldWeary says

    Awesome article! I usually take the commercially available product (Sambucol), but would consider your approach if I had more time. Thanks for posting!

  74. Dee Stauffer Heath says

    I just made this for the first time tonight and I’m afraid my syrup didn’t reduce as much as it was supposed to. I simmered for the full hour and it appeared to have reduced by half….will it be as potent if it’s not quite as thick as it should be? Will it thicken once it’s stored in the refrigerator? Thank you for this recipe.

  75. Patty says

    I had been buying the already made syrup at our local natural foods store but man is it expensive! I have been wanting to make it myself at home. Anyone know where I can buy dried elderberries? Also I see there are elderberry extract capsules that you take every day. are these less potent then the syrup?

  76. Robin says

    I just made it and love it! I could sit down and have it all right now :) After an hour the liquid didn’t cook off with the lid on so I took it off and that worked better. The syrup retains the flavor of the spices (ginger, cinnamon, and cloves) making it comparable to chai tea with a little bit of sourness and fruitiness from the berries while still being sweet, but not too much!

  77. Des says

    Just made my second batch, and used my nut milk bag to strain it out- a lot quicker,easier, less mess, and I’m sure I squeezed out all the goodness. Idk why I didn’t think of it last time.

  78. denise says

    Just diagnosed with h1n1 type A. Been using this syrup 3 days and IT IS WORKING MIRACLES…doc started me on tamiflu as well but not sure if I need it. Love the more natural remedy…don’t believe in herbals, try this just to boost imune system & you will be a believer ???

  79. Valentine Kitamura says

    Hey Mama, I can’t thank you enough for your articles, love them! This is what I just posted on my Facebook about your recipe above: “Natural remedies works! I have been holding off before posting this to make sure it was actually working, but I have made it back in November, and had the time to test it between me, hubby and the kids, anytime we started to feel sick with the sniffles, took this right away, and within a day, symptom GONE! So it works friends, try it! (I also added 1/4 cup of dried marshmallow roots (not the candy, lol) because I read about it in another article). This recipe makes a lot, so I froze half of it, took it out not long ago and tried it, still works!!! And important to note; it tastes good, even the kids like it! Herbals are amazing”

  80. Deanna says

    I noticed that the flu busting gummies only last a week. Does this recipe expire as well? Also, is it necessary to skip the weekend days? It’s easy to remember it every morning, but harder to remember to skip days!!

  81. Ashley Ferrara says

    How long does the syrup last? I’d love to stock up on these while they’re in season and use the syrup all year.

  82. Lem says

    Made a batch. Waiting for it to cool down. Stunk up my whole house. My housemate had to leave. Said the smell was going to make him sick. I like the smell, the cloves and ginger are quite strong smelling. Just a warning, the vapors ares strong!!!

  83. Betsy says

    Love it! Great recipe. I just made it yesterday for the first time. It is a great combination of ingredients to help boost immune and fight of respiratory issues. Thank you.

  84. K Davis says

    Assuming one has the option, is the syrup more effective taken on an empty or full stomach? In the morning vs. evening? What are your thoughts?

  85. Carrie Talbott says

    I was wondering if the spices can be omitted? I have a balsam of Peru allergy and am definitely allergic to cinnamon, and cloves is on my list of things that are possible allergens so I want to avoid that as well. Will the syrup still be as effective without the spices? Thanks!

    • Sieyra says

      This isn’t my site, but fyi the medicinal value here is with the elderberries, so it would still be effective. The spices and honey are more of a tolerate the taste addition, and while they do have their own medicinal value, not necessary for this.

    • Sieyra says

      Thanks for the recipe! I made A LOT of it this season and have 2 quarts left over now… I tried to scroll through the comments to see if you already answered the ‘ways to store this’ and ‘how long does it last’ questions, but I just found a lot of other people asking without a reply… can you help answer this? I’d hate to lose 2 entire quarts now that the season is over…

      Thanks! :)

  86. Kathryn says

    Hi there, I cannot find an answer anywhere to the question about using fresh elderberries – how much fresh berries would be the equivalent of 2/3 cup of dried berries?

  87. Sharon Johnson says

    So today I made this for the second time, unfortunately I was trying to get the directions for the recipe from memory! I put the honey at the beginning with everything else! The syrup turned out a little bitter! Had to dilute with water for the kids to take it better! Ha Ha silly me, I will not forget next time. Should I throw it and start over?

  88. Nancy says

    Thankyou so much for this recipe! Just made it for a second time today and both my boys ( 1 & 8 ) love it :-) I definitely feel like it shortens a cold! Your website is my first go-to for all things natural! I really appreciate you!

  89. Aimmee says

    My husband picked wild black elderberries around our home last summer and we froze them in the hopes to make jam or jelly. When I found your recipe I got them out and measured them out and found that I have about 12 quarts of berries! My question is, if I make syrup out of these how can I preserve it?
    Maybe I could start my own business…

  90. Mary says

    If I want to make this for my 7 1/2 month old, can I replace the honey with raw coconut nectar syrup? or probably agave? I have the coconut nectar here .

  91. momof2 says

    Thanks for the recipe! Much less expensive than the prepared mixture I bought from the store.
    Maybe you shouldn’t eat the leftover berries in muffins, since they may still contain seeds. This might be of interest:
    The ripe, cooked berries (pulp and skin) of most species of Sambucus are edible. However, most uncooked berries and other parts of plants from this genus are poisonous. Sambucus nigra is the only variety considered to be non-toxic, but it is still recommended that its berries be cooked slightly for culinary purposes. The leaves, twigs, branches, seeds and roots of Sambucus plants can contain a cyanide-inducing glycoside (a glycoside which gives rise to cyanide as the metabolism processes it). Ingesting a sufficient quantity of cyanide-inducing glycosides can cause a toxic build up of cyanide in the body.

  92. Sara says

    Hi katie, i am addicted to your blog! Quick question: i tried mixing the syrup in homemade carbonated soda water (from our soda stream), and it tasted lovely. Do you think the carbonation reduces the benefits of the syrup and is best avoided? Thank you!

  93. Anonymous says

    This recipe sounds great and I’m excited to try it. My baby is a year and a half and I’m wondering if the raw honey will be a problem for her…. what do you think?

  94. Sarah says

    Hello, I actually just bought some elderberry syrup because I couldn’t find elderberries anywhere but I’m just wondering if you think it would be okay to give my one year old honey. The bottle says to wait until at least one years old but I’ve heard about how honey can cause botulism.

    • Layla says

      Honey is fine after 12 months. The spores that cause botulism are easily killed by digestive acid in a developed gut. Small babies don’t have enough acid to kill the spores.

  95. JJ says

    I make this recipe for my lil family at least once a month. My frugal ( ok cheap lol ) side is wondering if the berries could be simmered again for another recipe something less therapeutic of course. I hate to not get another use out of them for something lol. If nothing else I think I’ll re simmer them freeze and use it as a natural egg dye for easter.

  96. connie Denmark says

    I usually buy a natural elderberry syrup but then my daughter told me about this website. Bought the berries at a winemaking supply store. It got rid of my cigarette cough and any bronichial problems. Is also good for asthma and allergies. I have been taking it for 2 years!! I can’t wait to make my own instead of buying it!! It will save me money!

  97. Barbara Waaka says

    Hi… I live in Australia and have 3 elderberry trees fruiting as I type … I so want to make this syrup, tincture and anything I can so as to use up all these little globs of gold . In Katie the gorgeous Wellness Mamas’ recipe for syrup… it reads 2 T ginger. Please .. what measurement is ‘T’ … here in Aussie, we don’t have a measurement ‘T’ .
    LOOOVE this blog .. it rocks as do all you wonderful contributors xox

  98. Irma says

    I made some of the syrup in January and I still have a small jar left over. It helped us through this crazy winter and the cold season, my girls love it! I opened the last little jar this morning and saw some little white mold spots along the edge of the jar…Should I toss it and make another batch or just clean it up and pour the syrup in another jar? I’m leaning toward tossing….

  99. Steph says

    Such an easy recipe! I shared it with others on FB. I think they all think i’m an herbal genius now, lol :). Love that this is a base and that i can add other herbs if wanted. Keep up the good work!

  100. Lorie says

    I just ordered bulk of the dried berries and some of the powder. I have 2 questions. 1. Can I store the dried berries and powder in canning jars with an O2 absorber or vacuum seal them with my food sealer for longer storage. (I also ordered some elder trees/bushes and wondered if when the flowers blossom – can I dehydrate/dry them and jar them also for long term storage? 2. After I make the syrup can I pressure can or water bath can for long term purposes (if yes, is that with or without the honey) I don’t believe I should pressure can in my pressure cooker with the honey but I suppose the honey could be added whenever I unseal a jar in the future.) Thank you – I am so excited to make this. I have been purchasing the store elder syrup but it is costly.

  101. Autumn Andahl says

    I love elderberry syrup and my family loves the gummy vitamins! I got bulk berries off of Amazon for now. I have a friend who has the plants growing wild on her property and I am planning on going to pick when they are ready. Do you know much about harvesting the elderberry? I have heard if you do not get all the outer skin off it can make you ill?

    I LOVE Mountain Rose Herbs as well.

    I Also have a hard time tossing the leftover berries so I have re batched the cooked berries into a less potent juice I mix with my homemade kombucha. When I have cooked all the juice out of them they go to the chickens or compost pile.

    Loving your page – thank you for sharing your talent and insight with all of us!

  102. Sherryl says

    Hi,
    I wonder if one may can (hot bath preserve) elderberry syrup? I am going to try it and can it without adding the honey and apple cider. I then plan to add the honey and apple cider after I open a canned juice. I don’t want to destroy their wonderful healing constituents. I will let y’all know how it goes!

  103. Taylor says

    My question may have already been answered so I’m sorry if I’m repeating it :) but does anyone know if a four month old can take it if I replace the honey with maple syrup? I’m in desperate need to know!

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