Elderberry Syrup

Sharing one of my favorite fall rituals; making Elderberry Syrup.

Why? Because it’s one of the best cold/flu deterrents I’ve found. 

Before the holiday bustle begins, I set aside a couple hours to stock up for the winter. And I’m  always so grateful I did. This keeps my family healthy—as long as we also (it must be said) greatly reduce our sugar intake. 


I know. It ain’t easy. And it’s worth it.


1 cup organic dried elderberries. 4.5 cups water. 2 TB ginger root (fresh grated or powdered), 2 tsp cinnamon, 3/4 tsp cloves.

Bring all to gentle boil and simmer for 1 hour. Let cool to warm. Mash berries and then strain. Discard berries. To liquid, add 1 cup organic raw honey. Stir well. Store in freezer-safe, sm glass jars, in the freezer. Keeps for 2-3 weeks in frig. (Some people add a little Brandy so that it keeps longer in the frig.)

To use: As soon as cold symptoms are felt, take 1 TB (adults), or 1 tsp (kids) every 3-4 hours until symptoms disappear. Do not give to infants under 1 (bc raw honey). You can also take 1TB daily to boost your immune system, and prevent sickness. There are easy recipes online to make these into gummies for kiddos daily dose.

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