Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

One of the things that I’ve been researching a lot recently, is the topic of native herbs and plant medicines.

Meaning, historically, what plants, herbs, roots, mushrooms, etc, have people consumed for thousands of years in various geographical locations and ethnic groups.

In North America – and specifically where I live in PA – Elderberries have traditionally been consumed their significant immune-boosting properties.

We’ve purchased high quality Elderberry syrup in the past (and LOVE it), but last night my wife and I decided to try our hands at making our own homemade elderberry syrup.

It turned out amazing (and super easy)!

With the holidays just around the corner, and “cold and flu season” looming, now is the perfect time to protect your body and give your immune system the kick it needs.

Check out this simple recipe below for homemade elderberry syrup.

Important notes:

Try to find all organic ingredients

Use fresh, whole ingredients (whole cinnamon cloves, not powder; real cloves; and fresh-sliced ginger root).

Raw honey is one of the crucial ingredients, because it contains antioxidants, enzymes and cultures that processed honey does not possess.

Much of the water that this recipe calls for will evaporate during cooking, you will be left with a smaller amount of thick syrup; this is normal.

If you live in the Greensburg area, we bought all of our ingredients at Nature’s Way Market.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of dried elderberries
  • 4-6 cloves
  • 6 slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup of raw honey
  • 4 cups of water


  1. Add everything, except the honey, into a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and then lower down to medium heat.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve, pressing the solids to release liquid.
  5. Allow the liquid to cool down until slightly warm and then add the honey.

This will store in your refrigerator for months.

Traditional recommendations say to consume 1 teaspoon per day. I often do more, especially during the cold and flu season.

I believe that making it from scratch, at home will yield the best product, but if you would rather purchase elderberry syrup, I recommend buying from www.YourFamilyFarmer.com