Friday, October 23, 2009

Making Elderberry Syrup for the Flu/Cold Season

Elderberries are pretty amazing!
Studies have proven that extracts from the berries provide resistance to 10 different strands of Influenza A and B including H1N1. This happens by antivirin coating the receptors of flu viruses in your system thereby disabling them from replicating in your cells. No other plant can tout such effectiveness. Taken throughout flu season and during illness, children and adults alike will show resistance or recover rapidly. Found throughout the United States, Sambucus melanocarpa and caerulea. (black and blue only) can be harvested during the month of September. Red Elderberry is potentially toxic and should not be harvested or used. Blue and Black berries should still be cooked down to release the cyanide in the berries. Syrups, tinctures and even jam or pies can be made in a short time. Rich in antioxidants, bioflavonoids, anthocyanins and Vitamins A, B and C this is a vital herbal ally for our home. I have recently introduced this important remedy into our home and am so excited to see how it works for our family! I bought a syrup called Sambucus and it also has echinacea in it. After buying it, I came across numerous recipe on how to make the syrup myself and it looks so simple! I think I will try it in the near future, ordering dried Elderberry from Mountain Rose Herbs. It's 10.00 for 1 pound and I think that is really quite a bit of Elderberry.

So, without further adieu here's how to make your very own syrup for use especially during the flu/cold season.

Elderberry Syrup

3 cups Fresh Black Elderberries or 1 cup dried
3 cups water
1 cup local honey

Bring water and berries to a boil then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Mash berries and boil an additional 5 minutes.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer or jelly bag overnight or for at least 8 hours for Juice to develop.
Add Honey to the Juice
Add Juice of One Lemon to Preserve. Bottle and Refrigerate. This keeps several months in your refrigerator.

Adults take 1 teaspoon for daily maintenance. Take 2 teaspoons 4x a day when under the weather

Children 15 months and older: use a Medicine Dropper. Provide 1 drop for every 5lbs with mild cases of illness. During intense bouts offer half teaspoon for every 10lbs 2x daily (illness peaks day 3 and 4 typically)
Children under 6 months: Elderberry passes through breast milk
Children 6-15 months: Offer Extract of Elderberry Juice without the Honey(follow recipe above including juice of 1 lemon and bottle after Juice has strained-skip the honey)
Quantity is same a Medicine dropper above.


  1. where did you find your information about Elderberries? I would love to read more

  2. hey Heather, I just googled "making your own elderberry syrup" and benefits of elderberries. i found the recipe for the syrup at several locations, the one listed above was from:
    hope that helps!