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Posted by on 1/9/2024


Winter is in full swing and so are the flu, colds, and other bugs & viruses. When we feel under the weather or at the first signs of a cold, we often reach for our trusty elderberry syrup.

Elderberries (Sambucus nigra L. – black elder, European elder, European black elderberry) are known to have many health benefits. They boost the immune system, reduce the duration of a cold, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are high in nutrients.* In addition to syrup, elderberries can be used to make teas and infusions, wine, cordials and tinctures, gummies, jams, or can be added to your favorite mulling spice blend.

Making a basic elderberry syrup is simple and uses just a few ingredients. Elderberry syrup can be taken by the tablespoon every morning for daily immune support and 3 - 4 times/day when fighting a cold.* It can also be used to sweeten your favorite tea, or on pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal.

NOTE: DO NOT consume raw elderberries, as they contain a toxic compound that may cause nausea and vomiting. Cooking elderberries eliminates this toxin.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The herbal information on our website is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please consult with a medical professional about any health concerns and before beginning any herbal regimen.


  • 1½ cups dry elderberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1½ cups honey (or maple syrup, agave, stevia, or sugar)
  • Optional: cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, dry orange peel, ginger root
    Bring water and dried elderberries to a boil over medium-high heat. If using any of the optional ingredients, add them now as well.
  1. Once the liquid is boiling, lower the heat and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by ⅓.
  2. Remove pot from heat and mash elderberries to release remaining juice.
  3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a bowl. Use a spoon to mash the berries further and to extract as much juice as possible.
  4. Set aside for 30-45 min to cool off, until it reaches approx. 118 degrees or lower.
  5. When cool, add honey (maple syrup, agave, stevia) and mix thoroughly.
  6. Transfer the elderberry syrup to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

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