Make your own elderberry syrup to fight off colds and flu following these simple instructions. FREE printable recipe card is included in the article!
Elderberry syrup is an old, natural remedy that is gaining in popularity for keeping people healthy during cold and flu season. According to a 1995 study, “elderberry seems to offer an efficient, safe, and cost-effective treatment for influenza.” Elderberry is full of flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamins that inhibit the reproduction of viruses and boost the body’s immune system. Every fall I make elderberry syrup. I continue to make it through the winter cold and flu season.
My family takes two ounces of elderberry syrup every day along with supplements containing zinc. It helps us get through the long Iowa winters with only a few occasional sniffles. And best of all, its very easy to make at home.
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How to Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup
Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the elderberry and spice infusion cool to room temperature. Cooling the elderberry liquid to room temperature is an important step. Raw honey contains healthy enzymes that die when exposed to heat.
When the elderberry spice liquid is cool, strain it into the Mason jar that contains the 12 ounces of raw honey. I have a funnel with a removable strainer that works great for this step.
Put the Mason jar lid on tight and shake the elderberry liquid and honey until they are well mixed. I’ve tried mixing the elderberry liquid and honey together with a whisk and a mixer. Shaking is the fastest, most effective method to mix the syrup, and there’s no splatter – unless you don’t get the lid on tight…
Next, pour the elderberry syrup into a 33.75-ounce swing-top bottle. This kind of bottle is the easiest for pouring the elderberry syrup into a glass.
Store your elderberry syrup in the refrigerator. It tastes best served cold.
Take two ounces of elderberry syrup every day to help boost your immune system and help fight off any cold and flu viruses. A child over the age of 2 can take one ounce per day.
Where to Buy Elderberry Syrup
Maybe making your own elderberry syrup just isn’t for you. That’s okay! 🙂 I’ve seen elderberry syrup in the supplement section of many stores such as Walmart and Target. I’ve seen it in chain pharmacies such as Walgreens and at health food stores. It can be purchased right here on Amazon. I have no experience with store-bought elderberry syrup or gummies. I just want you to know they’re available if purchasing them is right for you.
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I hope this is the beginning of a healthy fall and winter for all of us! Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any questions!