Learn how to make your own Elderberry Syrup to help prevent and fight the flu!
I’ve wanted to make elderberry syrup for quite some time. But I had two problems: I didn’t have any elderberries, and I wanted to find a recipe that didn’t require alcohol. It’s not that I have a problem with alcohol, but I wanted to use the elderberry syrup with my kids, so I wanted to feel completely safe doing so.
The first problem– the missing elderberries– was solved when I found the site The Bulk Herb Store (this is an affiliate link, so if you buy through them, we will receive a small amount in return). You guys, I am loving this site! I loved it so much and was buying so much that I decided to see if they have an affiliate program, and they do– I was so excited about this! They offer herbs and all sorts of other great items, and their prices are fantastic! Plus they run great sales, and their site includes a plethora of information on how to use each item. And if that weren’t enough, I found them due to the raving reviews of many people and bloggers. It looks like they have a recipe for elderberry syrup that’s slightly different from this, so you may want to check that out as well.
So I ordered some elderberries. Now, the really funny (ironic?) part of this story is that the following weekend after getting my elderberries, we went camping with some friends. One couple was talking about how they went for a hike the previous day, and had such fun, and the kids really enjoyed foraging for elderberries. I had no idea they grew in my area, but apparently they do! So perhaps next summer we’ll go foraging, but this year we’re using dried elderberries.
This recipe is simple. I love simple. You’re just going to cook those elderberries in water, strain them, and add honey. There are many other herbs you can add as well, and if you’d like to find out more about the herbs you can add, check out this great post from The Humbled Homemaker, where she talks all about it!
For me, I made this with just the elderberries, water, and honey, mostly because that’s all I had on hand. Like I said, I ordered the berries in the summer, but I was having a hard time finding an alcohol-free version of the recipe up until I found this recipe. And at that point, my husband had several co-workers out with the flu, so we needed to get some elderberry syrup in our systems!
I have modified the recipe, as I ended up with far less syrup when I followed the original directions, and I also felt like it was far too sweet. So when I made the syrup the second time, I changed a few things, and ended up with a final product that I prefer.
- 1 C Dried Elderberries
- 10 C Water
- 1 C Honey
- 2 quart jars
- Combine elderberries and water in a large pot.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Use a berry masher to mash up elderberries a bit. Continue to simmer for another 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool 15-20 minutes.
Strain berries out, using a colander or cheesecloth (you will get more of the liquid out if you use cheesecloth).
Stir honey into the strained liquid.
- Pour into jars, and keep refrigerated. Lasts in fridge for up to 3 months!
*Makes 2 quarts
*Lasts for up to 3 months when refrigerated
This recipe makes 2 quarts.
If you have kids, you probably already know that honey isn’t recommended for kids under 2 years old. So this isn’t recommended for kids under 2 years old, but if you’re planning to use this for a smaller child, just make it without honey.
- Adults: 1 Tbsp. per day
- Children (over 2): 1/2 Tbsp. per day
For when flu-like symptoms hit:
- Adults: 1 Tbsp. four times per day
- Children: 1/2 Tbsp. four times per day
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