Flu Fighting, Immune Boosting, Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries have been used in folk medicine for centuries.   After reading and learning about their ability to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and their use to  improve coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis I decided this is one ingredient I should keep in my holistic/natural medicine cabinet.

Elderberry Syrup  Recipe from WholesomeMommy.com

You might be aware of the elderberry syrup that is on the market these days – available at most any pharmacy as an over the counter medicine.  It is no secret that these little berries can boost the immune system and are loaded with antioxidants.  In fact, elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.

I liked the idea of making my own so that I could control the other good stuff I included.  So, I whipped up this batch just yesterday. I had heard that it would be pretty tasty but I still feared that my kids would turn their noses up – and my efforts would be wasted.

BUT, no worries. You won’t have to worry about your kids NOT wanting to eat it – the problem will be convincing them that they can only have a spoonful every day! My kids LOVED it.

I am not a doctor, I am a mom who has taken control of my family’s wellness and has made it my JOB to educate myself in natural and holistic methods of wellness.  This information is meant to inform you but in no way be a way to diagnose, treat, or cure sickness as a medical professional.  Use your own instinct and seek medical attention in an emergency.

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  1. Where do you shop that you are able to buy elderberries?

  2. Gina Burrell says:

    I’m also curious where you buy elderberries!

  3. I’m going to go one further, what the heck IS an elderberry? I thought they were just in the story of Peter Rabbit I had no idea they were a real berry :-) what do they look and taste like?

    • Denisesawyer says:

      I’ve never had a fresh one Annette, I buy them dried. But they are really small dark berries. The syrup tastes wonderful!
      Wholesome Mommy

  4. I have problems with candida, so while I’d love to use this, I can’t have any sugar or forms of sugar. Any suggestions on how to make this without it? Thanks!

  5. I have made a similar Elderberry syrup for a while now it is great! I always order ours from Mountain Rose Herbs, they are fantastic and have so many things for our household. (@ Julieanne, I have made this without the honey and that should solve the issue with the sugar, but of course it’s not going to be sweet and the honey is a great natural source for antibodies that assist the body in healing. I don’t know if you have included organic coconut oil in your diet for the candida, but if you haven’t you NEED to it can really help).

    Thanks for sharing the recipe I’ll have to try this one for our next batch.

    • Thanks, Kari! Yes, I use organic coconut oil every day in our home, and we love it! :) I suppose I could add some pure stevia extract to this syrup, but it wouldn’t be as thick. Oh, I could add a small amount of glucomannan (konjac root) powder, and that would thicken it up without adding in extra carbs. I’ll have to try this!

      • Denisesawyer says:

        These sound like great ideas Kari and you are having. I’d start without, see how you like it and then determine next steps {perhaps the stevia as you mentioned. It isn’t a very thick syrup anyway.

    • Denisesawyer says:

      Thanks for your feedback Kari,
      Wholesome Mommy

  6. I’m curious to know how much this makes?

    • Denisesawyer says:

      What you see in the photo was the full amount – so less than a quart, a little more than a 1/2 quart.
      Wholesome Mommy

  7. This is a great recipe! If anybody is interested in growing their own black elderberries I have a website dedicated to growing the elderberry. At a 5 pound harvest per bush a family of 4 would only need 8 bushes for a generous years supply of elderberries.

    • Denisesawyer says:

      We just discovered we have some wild elderberry bushes. Hoping to harvest them this year!
      Wholesome Mommy

  8. I can’t wait to order the elderberries – BUT you listed “ginger” – is that fresh grated, dried powered spice-in-a-jar, fresh diced ???

    I know that if you fresh its a different amount used than the dried spice.


  9. I’ve gone on two sites just now and they are out of the elder berries at Mountain Rose Herbs and only have the pound package at Star West Botanicals – I just want the 2/3 cup so their 4 oz size would be perfect for me. Hopefully they will email me when they have it back in stock.

  10. I am so excited to try this out. Elderberries are on order from Mountain Rose Herbs. Just out of curiousity…how much syrup does this make? Trying to figure out what kind of jar I’ll need.

  11. My mom always had elderberry wine stashed in the basement for when we kids were sick… we did NOT like it! Not sure if it was a real wine or not. Maybe she just needed to add a sweetener to it… :)

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