Elderberry Syrup – The Natural Cold and Flu Remedy

Elderberries have a history in folklore as a cure for many common ailments. Containing high levels of vitamins A, B, and C, black Elderberries (sambucus nigra), have been shown to prevent the cold, flu (even H1N1 strain), and stimulate the immune system. They have also shown to speed recovery in those that have a cold or flu.

This syrup is a great alternative to store bought cold medicines and flu shots. It is inexpensive, effective, can easily be made at home, and best of all kids love the taste. There are several natural elderberry syrups available online or in health food stores, but they are priced $15 – $20 for a 4 – 8 ounce bottle. This recipe costs less than $10 and makes about 16 – 20 ounces.


  • 2/3 cup Black Elderberries
  • 3 1/2 cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Ginger Root, fresh or dried
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder, or a 1/2 stick
  • 1/2 tsp Clove Powder, or 5-6 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary or 2 fresh sprigs 3″ in length (optional)
  • 1 cup Raw Honey


  • Pour water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary into medium saucepan. It is important you DO NOT add the honey.
  • Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • When liquid has reduced by about half, remove from heat and pour through a strainer into a bowl.
  • Allow liquid to cool until lukewarm, at this point add the honey and stir well being sure the honey is thoroughly mixed in.
  • Pour into a pint sized mason jar, or any other 16 ounce glass bottle. Store in the fridge up to two months.


Give 1/2 – 1 teaspoon for kids and 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon for adults daily as a preventative. If the flu happens to strike, take every 2 – 3 hours until symptoms are gone.

FDA Disclaimer: The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

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