Benefits of Elderberry Syrup and Recipe

Benefits of Elderberry Syrup and Recipe

Oct, 11, 2020
Benefits of Elderberry Syrup and Recipe

Benefits of Elderberry Syrup and Recipe

Last winter all three kids and I got sick at the same time. We ended up with a loooooong three weeks of coughing, sneezing and that overall icky feeling. My friend Corri brought me a bottle of her homemade elderberry syrup to help with the cough and to get us back on our feet. I never had heard of elderberry syrup before, but at the time I was happy to take anything that would make my little ones and me feel better. Not only did it taste amazing, but also it helped with that stubborn cough. Soon we felt better, but my kids still begged for a sip of the elderberry syrup (or, as my 7-year-old calls it, elly-belly syrup). Corri told me that elderberry syrup also boosts the immune system, that it is good to take at times other than when you have a cold. Well, now I have learned more about this miracle syrup and plan to make my own this year.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or health practitioner and this post is based on my experience what my family like to do to boost our immune systems. 

Elderberry syrup is made from the dark berries of the elderberry bush. The berries and flowers are well known for their health benefits and many uses in food, wine, and even as medicine. Elderberries contain tannin, amino acids, flavonoids, as well as vitamins A, B and a large amount of Vitamin C; and are rich in antioxidants that can boost the immune system. During late summer, clusters of berries begin to ripen where the flowers used to be. They must be cooked, though, before used because they’re poison when consumed raw.

Also check with your doctor before consuming if you are on kidney medications or diabetic.

Kidney Health

Elderberry is known to act as a diuretic and may interfere with medications that are used to increase urination. Someone who is already using medication for this reason, or is already taking a diuretic, should consult with a doctor before taking elderberry syrup. 


A person who is living with diabetes should also consult with a doctor before using elderberry syrup. If you take antidiabetic drugs, the use of elderberry products could potentially cause interactions with the medications.

Web MD

To prevent illness and boost the immune system, take 1 tsp. a day; when fighting illness, take up to 3 tsp. a day.

Elderberry syrup recipe

Makes about 6-8 small bottles of elderberry syrup


  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup organic dried elderberries or 1 cup fresh, ripe elderberries
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 3/4 – 1 cup maple syrup


Place elderberries and filtered water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on medium-low for 45 minutes. Mash the elderberries to release any remaining juice. Using cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a glass bowl. When the liquid has come to room temperature, gently stir in the raw honey and mix thoroughly.

Store in labeled 8- or 12-ounce amber glass bottles.

This mixture will last many months in a cool, dark pantry or in the refrigerator.

Our family love foraging for not only elderberries but so much more and here you can read our tips and what we like to forage. And in this post you can read more about how we boost our immune system.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

1 Comment

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    Kim Lombard Robson

    August 4, 2015

    I just harvested about a cup and a half today, and wasn’t sure what to do with my haul. This is perfect, and perfect timing, too!

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