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Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment #homeremedies #herbalapothecary #elderberrysyrup #coldandflutreatment #reclaimingvitality

Elderberry Syrup

Tasty elderberry syrup for cold and flu prevention and treatment.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins


  • 3/4 cup dried organic elderberries
  • filtered water
  • optional spices: ginger cinnamon, fennel, cloves, and/or cardamom pods or seeds
  • one cup raw honey organic


  • Put the elderberries, water, and spices (except fennel) in a pot. Bring it to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to medium- low to simmer.
  • Once the mixture is reduced by half, remove from heat, let cool, and then strain out the berries/spices. Be sure to squish out the berries to get all the goodness out of them. You can do this with a wooden spoon and a sieve or pour the mixture through cheesecloth so that you can use your hands to squeeze it out.
  • Be sure to let the liquid cool down before you touch it and before you add the honey. Honey has beneficial enzymes and microbes that can be killed by heat, so just be patient.
  • Once the mixture is about room temperature (or just above), you can mix in the honey.
  • Transfer to a glass container that is easy to pour from. I use pretty flip-top bottle like theseĀ and put a waterproof label on it. Keep it refrigerated. This recipe makes a bit more than 2 cups.


Kids take 1/2 teaspoon a day for prevention and 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day during a cold or flu for treatment. Adults take 1/2 tablespoon a day for prevention and 1/2 tablespoon 3 times a day during a cold or flu for treatment.
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