Elderberry syrup is my FAVORITE natural remedy for a cold, cough or flu.
I have used it for quite some time for my family, and it works wonders for my husband, myself and my toddler (it was great when he was a baby, too).
Elderberries are naturally high in vitamins A, B, & C… Which is what makes it a great immune system stimulator. The complex sugars it contains also help to support immune health. I like to add some of my other favorite super-herbs to the syrup to give it an extra boost. Cinnamon, cloves, and ginger all help to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and combat the nasty symptoms that accompany illness. Raw honey helps to provide natural probiotics and enzymes as well (for children under 1, sub honey with another sweetner.)
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
What you’ll need:
- 4 oz dried Elderberries
- 4 c purified water
- 2 tbsp ginger powder (or 2 inches fresh ginger chopped)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon (organic powder or 2 cinnamon sticks)
- 1 tsp clove powder (or 6 whole cloves)
- 1/2 – 1 c raw honey
- for babies under 1 year old, substitute with coconut sugar, organic cane sugar, or maple syrup.
How to do it:
- Bring Elderberries, water, ginger, cinnamon and cloves to a boil in a pot. Stir, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for an hour.
- Remove mixture from heat. Smash berries against the side of the pot to release juices. Use a small strainer or nut bag/cheese cloth to strain out liquid and discard berries (do not eat berries whole, they can make you sick on their own).
- Once juice has reduced to about room temperature (warm, but not hot), stir in raw honey until combined.
- Store in a glass jar. Refrigerate for 1 month or freeze for up to 6 months.
(rough estimate – follow your intuition to know what is best for you and your child)
Adults can take 1 tbsp (10mL) once a day preventatively, or 3x a day when ill
Children around 1-2 tsp once a day preventatively, or 3x a day when ill
Toddlers 1 tsp once a day preventatively or 3x a day when ill
Babies 1/4 – 1/2 tsp once a day preventatively or 3x a day when ill
*Consult practitioner if pregnant. Because Elderberries stimulate immune system it can cause a negative reaction in some pregnant women.