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How To Make Elderberry Syrup in 6 Easy Steps

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. I am not a doctor or a certified herbalist. I am an educator and a mom who wants to treat to her family naturally. I'm sharing this information because because it has helped our family. This is not intended to replace professional medical advice for serious illness or chronic conditions. If you have an emergency please call your doctor or 911.

A few years ago I discovered elderberry syrup from a neighbor. I had never heard of it and before and was very curious to give it a try so I started buying it from her for $16 for an 8oz jar. To my surprise my kids loved it. We went through the first jar in a month and I continued to buy it all winter long. The following winter I decided to try to make it for myself. Turns out it is super easy to make and has a few simple ingredients.

What is Elderberry

Elderberry is the purple berry from the elderberry shrub (Sambucus Nigra). It is packed with antioxidants, is an antiviral and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It's a home remedy that has been used for centuries to improve the immune system and reduce the severity and duration of colds.


4 cups water

1 cup dried elderberries

2 cinnamon sticks

1 TBSP ginger (you can also use a few slices of fresh ginger)

1TBSP clove

1 cup honey




cheese cloth

measuring cups


glass measuring bowl


1. Pour 4 cups or water in a pot. Turn stove on to high heat.

2. Add 1 cup dried elderberries, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 TBSP ginger, 1 TBSP cloves. Stir, Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat and let simmer for about an hour. Stir occasionally.

4. Remove from heat. Lay a cheese cloth in the bottom of your strainer. place the strainer over a large glass bowl. Gently pour the mixture into the strainer so only the liquid is collected in the bowl. Squeeze out remaining juices with a spoon or by hand. Dispose of solid ingredients.

5. Add 1 cup honey. Raw, local honey is best. Stir gently until dissolved.

6. Pour into a mason jar and store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.

For more information about elderberries click the free download

Elderberry Facts Sheet PDF
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Where do you buy dried Elderberry? This is where I get mine.

Have you ever used or made homemade elderberry? Leave a comment. Thanks for sharing.

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