Home Made Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries were ready to pick late Summer and into Autumn, so hopefully for those with trees older than 2 years, you were able to! As we approach winter, some bottles of Sambuccus nigra syrup would be very, very handy. Elderberry can boost your immune system to help you to fight off colds & flus. Here’s a simple how to..



You can add in these extra warming aromatic herbs I’ve listed below, or you can keep it simple and have just the elderberries, water and honey.

  • 1.5L water
  • 1.5 cup dry elderberries (double for fresh)
  • 2 cups raw honey
  • 4 tblsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp clove powder


In a saucepan add the water, elderberries and herbs and bring to boil.

On a very low simmer, reduce the liquid for 30-60 minutes so that it is about 700mls now.

Take them off the heat and let them cool down, before crushing up the berries in the liquid with a masher/spoon.

Let the mixture cool down, then strain the solids out through a cloth.

Add the honey & mix well.


Store it in a jar out of the heat. Once you open it up, put it in the fridge and use it within a month. The dosage is about 1 teaspoon for kids, and 4 teaspoons for adults taken every few hours when you are feeling the onset of a cold.

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