Elderberry Syrup

by on September 10, 2018
Posted in Recipes

Elderberries have a long tradition of being used for preventing colds and flus. Although both the flowers and the berries are commonly used, the berries are the part of the tree that are best used for flu prevention, and make a delicious syrup!



  • 1/2 cup dried elderberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 – 1 cup raw honey*
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • 3-4 whole cloves (optional)

*Do not use raw honey in children under the age of 2.



  • Add elderberries (and cinnamon and cloves if using) and water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Strain berries and let cool. Stir in honey.
  • Store in a glass jar in the fridge.
  • Take 1 tsp per day for cold and flu prevention.


For an active cold or flu, use up to 3 tsp per day, in combination with echinacea, ginger, vitamin C, Zinc, probiotics and lots of fluids. Please note that these are only a few suggestions as the treatment of a cold or flu will depend on each person and each individual situation. For further indications on treating a cold or flu, please consult your healthcare practitioner.


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