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How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Making elderberry syrup is a simple thing to do, and it is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants.

How to make Elderberry Syrup

To Make Elderberry Syrup, You Will Need:

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Elderberry Health Benefits

Elderberries have a long history of being used for health, that dates all the way back to ancient Greece and Egypt.

Elderberries are of the genus, Sambucus. It is a flowering plant or shrub that is native to Europe, Africa and parts of Asia, but can also be found in the United Stares. We have it growing wild here on our farm. Th plant has white flowers (elderflowers) and berries that turn from green to red to black when they are ripe. 

Some of the health benefits attributed to elderberries include naturally helping sinus issues, inflammation, allergies, and is one of the top natural antiviral herbs. It is frequently used as a preventative during cold and flu season, but if it is taken right away when symptoms start, it is said to drastically shorten the recovery time of a virus.

Elderberries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, iron and potassium, as well as others.

Dried Rose Hips in a dish

About Rose Hips

Rose hips are the edible false fruit of a rose bush. They are extremely rich in Vitamin C, beta carotene, manganese, Vitamin K and Vitamin E. They also contain beneficial phytochemicals like flavonoids and phenols.

With the benefits that exist in elderberries and rose hips, it is no wonder that they have recently become so popular in the natural health circles. I have even seen prepared elderberry gummies for the first time in the supplement section of the grocery store this year.

The ingredients simply cook together and create a rich, concentrated tea of all the good things in there.

The ingredients simply cook together and create a rich, concentrated tea of all the good things in there.

elderberry syrup in the making

Once you have simmered the liquid until it reduces by half, you will strain everything out. I give the leftover solids to my chickens. They love this treat!

ingredients solids in a sieve

The syrup is then cooled slightly and then sweetened with honey – local and raw is preferred if you have access to it.

Elderberry Surup

To watch the episode where I am talking about Elderberry Syrup on YouTube, click here.

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Yield: about 2 1/2 cups

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Making elderberry syrup is a simple thing to do, and it is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes


  • 2/3 c dried elderberries
  • 1/4 c dried rose hips
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange (you will use the peel)
  • 3 1/2 c water
  • 1 c raw honey (or organic maple syrup)


  1. Combine the elderberries, rose hips, ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks, peel of the orange and the water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Remove it from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain the syrup through a sieve or a colander lined with cheese cloth.
  5. Add in the honey or maple syrup, stir to combine. (I recommend adding only half of the honey or syrup to begin with. Give it a taste, and see if you need to add the rest.)
  6. Store the syrup in an air tight container, refrigerated for up to 2 months.


  • Children under the age of 2 should not have honey. If you are giving this to children, you may wish to use the maple syrup option.
  • This recipe is provided for informational purposes only and does not come from a doctor or medical professional. Please do your own homework to determine if elderberry syrup is the right choice for you.
  • To Use for Immune System Support: Ages 12 and up, take 1 or 2 tablespoons, once or twice a day.

    Children ages 11 and under, take 1-2 teaspoons, once or twice daily.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 29Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and estimated by a service called Nutritionix. That is a web-based nutritional calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. If the nutritional information is vital to you please verify it using your favorite trusted source.

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2 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup”

  1. Hi Constance!

    I follow your YouTube channel as well and have loved checking out your blog! Yes, I am a blogger, but would love to someday, get into Vlogging.

    I love Elderberry syrup and make it all the time for the health benefits of it. I normally use dried Elderberries but was gifted a big gallon size bag of fresh frozen berries a few months ago. I absolutely love them! I can’t wait to try your recipe, it looks delicious. We usually put ours in our kefir milk in the evening, it’s so good.

    You are such an inspiration to me…thank you for sharing your knowledge!!



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