How to Make Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

During a recent Periscope broadcast, I shared some of my tips for keeping myself and my family healthy. Elderberry syrup is at the top of that list. An amazing older neighbor taught me how to make elderberry syrup when I was a young, single mother and it has been a staple in my household ever since.


What I Use to Make Elderberry Syrup

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The recipe that I use consists of 6 ingredients: elderberries, filtered water, fresh ginger root, cinnamon sticks, raw honey and cloves. Here is just a brief summary of the benefits of these ingredients:

Benefits of Elderberry

  • high in Vitamins A & C
  • high in the antioxidant quercitin
  • antiviral properties for treatment of the cold and flu
  • natural laxative

Perhaps I’m the only one hears the word antioxidant and thinks just WHAT is that? It’s a compound in food that stops or delays damage to our cells. They essentially remove waste products in our cells before they can do harm.

Benefits of Ginger

  • anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • aids with indigestion
  • contains Vitamin B
  • lowers the risk of infections

how and why to make elderberry syrup

Benefits of Clove

  • contains fiber
  • contains Vitamins C & K
  • contains manganese
  • high in antioxidants

Benefits of Cinnamon

A note on the type of cinnamon to use. There are two main types of cinnamon: Cassia and Ceylon. The Cassia variety contains significant amounts of a compound called coumarin, which is believed to be harmful in large doses. All cinnamon should have health benefits, but Cassia may cause problems in large doses due to the coumarin content. Ceylon (“true” cinnamon) is much better in this regard, and studies show that it’s much lower in coumarin than the Cassia variety

  • anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

Benefits of Honey

  • preservative
  • aids with digestion
  • antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup


  • 2/3 cup of elderberries
  • 3.5 cups of water
  • 1 - 1.5 inches of fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup of raw honey


  1. Add all ingredients except honey to pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and then lower heat.
  3. Simmer for 1-2 hours.
  4. Remove from heat and pour off liquid through a strainer.
  5. Mash the berries to remove their juices and strain off.
  6. Discard berries.
  7. Let liquid cool for about 30 minutes and then stir in honey.
  8. Pour into your storage container.
  9. Store in your refrigerator.
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