Homemade Elderberry Syrup Benefits, Recipe & Usage


Elderberries are found on the European Elder tree. They have a long history of aiding the immune system and fighting illness. The berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They have been proven to decrease inflammation, reduce stress, as well as help boost the immune system when we’re sick.


  • Helps fight cancer: Both European and American elder have been found to have some cancer-inhibiting properties in test-tube studies.

  • Fights harmful bacteria: Elderberry has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria like Helicobacter pylori and may improve symptoms of sinusitis and bronchitis.

  • May support the immune system: In rats, elderberry polyphenols were found to support immune defense by increasing the number of white blood cells.

  • Could protect against UV radiation: A skin product containing elderberry extract was found to have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 9.88

  • May increase urination: Elderberry flowers were found to increase the frequency of urination and amount of salt excretion in rats.

  • May have some antidepressant properties: One study found mice fed 544 mg of elderberry extract per pound (1,200 mg per kg) had improved performance and mood markers.
    According to Health Line


  • 3½ cups water

  • 2/3 cup black elderberries (dried, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen)

  • 2 TBSP ginger (grated)

  • 1 tsp  cinnamon

  • ½ tsp  ground cloves

  • 1 cup raw honey


  • Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon,and cloves.

  • Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.

  • Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.

  • Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.

  • Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

  • Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.

  • When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.

  • When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a  mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.

  • Ta-da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.

Recipe from Wellness Mama


I, as an adult, take 1tsp daily and even double or triple that in the middle of a cold or illness. My kids take 1/2tsp daily for health benefits and again, we would increase that if necessary during illness. If you have a baby under one years of age you can substitute maple syrup instead of honey.

The best Elderberries that I have found are here. Wildcrafted and dried elderberries are best for the maximum amount of nutrition and potency.


The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet.