DIY: Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is one of the most popular natural remedies available right now!  Many folks love it for it’s high levels of antioxidants, immune stimulating and antiviral properties, and to soothe the symptoms of infections like colds and flu.  It also tastes great, which makes it a popular choice for parents when seeking a remedy that their children will take willingly.

While elderberry syrup can be purchased anywhere from your local drugstore to big box stores like Target and WalMart, it can also be made at home – which not only saves you money, but also allows you to control the ingredients!  Most of what you need you likely already have, or can get at the grocery store.  You can find dried elderberries and rosehips at Whole Foods, or online at Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs.

*Please note that this honey based recipe is not appropriate for children under the age of 1.  An alternate option is to make a tea with the dried elderberies.  The spices can be omitted or amounts tweaked if they are not to your taste!

Here is our family’s favorite Elderberry Syrup Recipe, which makes approximately 1 Quart:

4 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Dried Elderberries
1/4 Cup Dried Rosehips (optional, but they add Vitamin C content)
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1-2 Inches of Ginger, Grated
2-3 Whole Cloves
1 Cup Honey

Add all ingredients EXCEPT honey to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes until liquid is reduced by about half.  Allow to cool slightly and strain out the solids before adding liquid to honey.  Stir to combine until honey dissolves.  Store in a glass jar, refrigerated.  Can also be frozen in smaller amounts.

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