Cooking,  Health

DIY Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Several years ago I learned about elderberry syrup and it has been a staple of my wellness cabinet ever since.Research shows that…? Elderberry has antioxidant and antiviral effects.

? Taking 15 ml of elderberry syrup 4x a day improved flu symptoms 4 days faster.

? Taking 175 mg of elderberry 4x a day improved symptoms of fever, headache, muscle aches, and nasal congestion.

? People who take elderberry before traveling reported less severe symptoms and for a shorter duration of time.

Sambucol is the brand I used before I learned to make my own. There have been 2 specific research studies conducted with this brand here and here.

However, if you are a DIY type, here’s my recipe. It’s also easy to quadruple this recipe to make a big batch.


  • 1 cup fresh elderberries (half for dried berries)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick


Remove berries from stems. Add berries and water to a stockpot and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain off berries and cinnamon stick with cheesecloth. Add honey to elderberry juice and mix well. Add to a jar and refrigerate.


  1. This will yield about 16 ounces.
  2. I have successfully kept mine in the fridge for up to 3 months.
  3. You can also freeze jars, just leave a little extra room at the top for expansion.
  4. A trick to removing the fresh berries is to freeze them, then shake off the berries.
  5. Remove as much of the bark/stem as you can but the little straggly stuff is okay.
  6. I prefer to make a big batch at once using 4 cups berries (half for dried), 4 cups water, 1 cup honey, 1 cinnamon stick. ​
  7. You can also add other immune-boosting agents like clove or goji berries.


I am privileged enough to have wild elderberries growing on my parent’s property but you can also buy dried elderberries that have already been removed from the stem. Links below.*


It is recommended to take 1 Tablespoon per day as preventative maintenance. In times of illness, you can take up to 4 Tablespoons per day.


If you are not the DIY type (or you’d like the easy route) you can check out these options.

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