Homemade Elderberry Syrup for a Seasonal Immune Boost

My son noticed that the elderberries in our yard were ripe and ready (I’m proud of my little forager! Normally he’s not into this stuff, so I think I must be rubbing off on him) …Thus, our fridge is now stocked with homemade elderberry syrup.

Elderberries are traditionally used in Europe to prevent and treat the cold and flu. It’s one reason I feel lucky to live in Germany; here, plant medicine is considered NORMAL. Not “out there!”

We can all agree that we need to support our immune systems during the transition from summer to fall (and winter). So forage or buy some elderberries and make your own elderberry syrup with this easy recipe!

I used this recipe from Wellness Mama as inspiration, but made a few changes based on my love for healing superfood immune-boosters. Here are the ingredients and basic steps:

  • In a small saucepan heat until gently boiling:
  • 3 & 1/2 cups water
  • 1 & 1/3 cups fresh or frozen elderberries (or 2/3 cup dried)
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 small strips of organic lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 to 3 turns (in your pepper mill) of freshly ground black pepper (black pepper is a great anti-inflammatory, is good for circulation, and helps make the curcumin in turmeric more bio-available!)

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

DIY Elderberry Syrup recipe

Remove saucepan from heat. In the saucepan, mash berries with a fork or the back of a spoon to get all the goodness out. Next, place a fine mesh strainer over a large container and pour in the berries and liquid.

Mash the berries that are in the strainer to get all the juices out, then discard or compost the berry pulp. You might be able to use the pulp in a smoothie, although it will be tart (and slightly bitter).

When the liquid is slightly cooled (not super, super hot) in the container, stir in:

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Stir well and divide between smaller containers. Store in fridge. Anything that will not be used within 2-3 weeks can be frozen. I currently have one of these small jars in the fridge, and the other two are in the freezer.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup - Immune Boosting Recipe

Take 1 teaspoon daily during seasonal transitions (i.e. cold and flu season).

Between small doses of elderberry tonic and my fab immune-boosting essential oils, we’re going to be the healthiest family on the block this year! 👌


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