Here’s How to Make Your Own Black Elderberry Syrup

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Here you’ll learn how to make your own black elderberry syrup, which is an amazing tool to have on hand.

Black elderberry syrup is a great natural remedy for colds and the flu. It can truly prevent or shorten their duration.

You can take it at the first sign of infection. Or, you can use it throughout cold and flue seasons as a preventative supplement.

Benefits of Elderberry Syrup

Black elderberry syrup is becoming so popular! While trendy, elderberry syrup also has proven benefits.

  • Powerful remedy to fight viruses and infections
  • Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, & other nutrients, including Vitamin C
  • Boosts the immune system

Adults and children will love the taste! It’s so yummy, and you could use it as a drizzle over dessert or “nice cream.”

Check the link at the bottom of the recipe for my trusted brand of dried elderberries!

Here's How to Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup

Here's How to Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup


  • 2/3 cup dried black elderberries
  • 3 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger (can sub powdered ginger)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup raw honey (sweeten to your taste preference)
  • 1 stick cinnamon (or 1 tsp) (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cloves (optional)
  • 1 each star anise (optional)


    1. Add the elderberries, ginger, spices & water to a small sauce pot. Don’t add the honey yet (or you’ll cook out all of the live healing properties)!
    2. Cook on medium high heat until gently boiling.
    3. Allow to gently bubble until volume is reduced in half, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
    4. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
    5. Pour the mixture through a strainer, pressing all the liquid out of the berries.
    6. Stir in the honey until it dissolves.


If you’re looking for high-quality elderberries, check out this organic variety from Maglo Naturals.

Elderberry syrup will last 2-3 weeks in the fridge. You can always buy pre-made syrup, but the homemade one really packs a punch!

You can also be creative and add in more ingredients that you are trying to get into your child’s diet when sick – such as onions or garlic.

If you are looking for more ways to get healthy foods into your children, check out these lemon balm popsicles.

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