Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

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Elderberry syrup is a go-to in my medicine cabinet when cold and flu season hits. I used to buy it by the bottle, but it’s so much cheaper to make it at home. (And easy, too!)

Does Elderberry Syrup Really Work?Elderberry extract has been shown to significantly improve or reduce cold and flu symptoms, and it may help you get over your symptoms faster, when taken at the first sign of illness. (source)

According to this study, elderberry extract has been shown to reduce the duration of flu symptoms by an average of 4 days(!!) when taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms appearing.

Elderberries have also been shown to lower blood sugar levels, because they can stimulate glucose metabolism. (source) This is actually something to keep in mind if you are a diabetic taking insulin, as you might want to talk with your doctor before taking it.

Don’t Eat Raw Elderberries!I wasn’t sure why everyone always made elderberry syrup, rather than just throwing raw or dried elderberries directly into a smoothie, so I decided to do a little research. As it turns out, certain varieties of raw elderberries have actually been shown to cause nausea, vomitting, and abdominal cramps.

So, if you want to avoid a tummy ache, stick to cooking your elderberries first to be on the safe side.

Do you need to use a sweetener in elderberry syrup?When you make elderberry syrup with a high-enough concentration of sugar (around 65-70%) it becomes self-preserving, so you don’t have to refrigerated it. I opted for making my elderberry syrup with honey instead, which means it can’t be stored at room temperature, but I think the benefits make it worth it.

Honey is rich in antioxidants, and it’s also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” type) while raising HDL cholesterol (the “good” type). There is also evidence that honey can help suppress coughs in children, making it the perfect addition to this natural cold and flu remedy. (source)

How do you use Elderberry Syrup?You should always talk with your doctor before starting a new supplement. In my home, I take 1 teaspoon when I feel like I need an immune boost, and I give my son just a 1/2 teaspoon. (Note: Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.) If we feel sick, I’ll usually take double or triple the amount for extra support.

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Elderberry Syrup Recipe

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According to this study, elderberry extract has been shown to reduce the duration of flu symptoms by an average of 4 days(!!) when taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms appearing.

Elderberries have also been shown to lower blood sugar levels, because they can stimulate glucose metabolism. (source) This is actually something to keep in mind if you are a diabetic taking insulin, as you might want to talk with your doctor before taking it.

So, if you want to avoid a tummy ache, stick to cooking your elderberries first to be on the safe side.

Honey is rich in antioxidants, and it’s also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” type) while raising HDL cholesterol (the “good” type). There is also evidence that honey can help suppress coughs in children, making it the perfect addition to this natural cold and flu remedy. (source)

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Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

45 mins

Total Time

50 mins

This elderberry syrup is thought to be a natural remedy for cold and flu symptoms. When taken within 48 hours of symptoms, it's been shown to reduce the duration of symptoms by up to 4 days. I like to sweeten it with honey, which is rich in antioxidants and has been shown to help suppress coughing in children.

Course: Drinks

Servings: 50 servings

Calories: 11 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried elderberries (see notes)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
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