Monday, February 2, 2015

DIY Making Yet More Elderberry Syrup...

I have always been fascinated by homemade homeopathic remedies, so early on I decided to start learning how to make these remedies. I've been making elderberry syrup now since 2013. One day I actually came home during work and brought back about 16 oz. of elderberry and ginger syrup. One of the guys I work with was really sick with a cold/flu. Honestly this post was for him, so he will know how to make and where to get his elderberries. So, I am making yet another batch of syrup this afternoon. 


I have been buying my dried elderberries from Amazon. I ordered and used both kinds. Here is the link: Perky Prepping Gramma's Store I actually bought both kinds listed in the store.

I also just order some from Frontier Coop directly.This is hopefully going to tide me over until I get my own bushes growing.

Originally I was using a recipe I found online, but I have edited it so much now. Many recipes I have found use 1 cup of honey, which is far too much for my taste.
Ingredients: (personally I now double the batch, since I use it so often)
1 Cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried elderberries.
3 Cups water
1/3 Cup honey (not really needed)
EDITED: (1/26/14) Now I add a couple of slices of dehydrated ginger to my recipe.
TIP: I wrote the recipe on the lid where I store my elderberries. That way I will have it handy when I am ready to make another batch.

First, add 1 cup fresh or 1/2 dried elderberries to a pot and add 3 cups of water.
Bring to a boil & then reduce the heat and simmer for 1/2 hour.

Strain everything through a strainer. Then smash the berries to get all the juice out. The white stuff is the ginger.

CAUTION: Don't eat the seeds. There is some chance of toxicity. I just googled it & read about it. A couple won't hurt. just use caution.

Lastly, add 1/3 cup of honey. Since the juice is still hot, I pour it back and forth to melt & get all the honey out of the measuring cup. 

Don't you just love this bottle? I like them so much, I got them at Ikea. I just went back and bought some more swing-top bottles. Then I used a funnel and pour into a bottle of jar. You store the syrup in the fridge. It will last for several months.

DOSING: You may take it every 2-3 hours. Personally I have been just drinking an ounce or two at  time. 
REMINDER: Don't use raw honey with young children you are able to use other sweeteners like raw sugar. 


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From Used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.
Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.


  1. Definitely going to have to get me some of those awesome bottles! Love that you have a store too! Great idea :)