How to Make Elderberry Syrup Recipe with Honey to Fight Colds & Flu
Naturally boost your immune system and fight off tough cold and flu viruses with this easy homemade elderberry syrup recipe with honey. Learn how to make elderberry syrup with just three simple ingredients for a natural cold and flu remedy that’s safe and effective for the whole family.
How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Honey
Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. This homemade elderberry syrup recipe with honey is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, elderberry syrup can boost your immunity to help prevent colds and flu, as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat.
If you don’t live in an area where you can safely forage elderberries, or your purchase options are limited, you can also find all the ingredients you need for this elderberry syrup recipe with honey at Mountain Rose Herbs. In addition, it’s easy to add some spice to this homemade elderberry syrup recipe with honey up by also adding cinnamon sticks, organic cloves and organic ginger root.
Don’t have time to make your own? You can also buy Elderberry Syrup. Keep reading to learn how to make elderberry syrup with honey for your family.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe with Honey
1 1/2 oz. organic elderberries
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup raw honey
Start by weighing out the elderberries, then place in a large cotton muslin bag (optional.) Pour your filtered tap water into a small saucepan on the stove, turn the heat on high and add the bag of elderberries.
Bring the water to a boil.
Then reduce heat and allow to simmer for twenty minutes or until the water is reduced to half.
Now remove the elderberries from the water and press firmly to squeeze out all of the remaining juice from the berries. If you did not use a mesh bag, strain the berries from the water.
Combine the water with the raw honey – I bought local clover honey from my Farmer’s Market – in the glass pyrex measuring cup and stir to combine thoroughly. (Keep in mind raw honey is not recommended to children under two years of age.)
Finally, using a funnel, slowly fill your amber glass bottles with elderberry syrup. Don’t fill them too full or the syrup will spill out of the edges when you place the lids with the droppers on them. Label as desired.
You can store your elderberry syrup with honey in the fridge where it will keep for 2-3 months. To use, take one Tablespoon daily to help prevent illness. If you have an existing cold or flu, take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours while ill.
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