our elderberry syrup

our elderberry syrup

our elderberry syrup

our elderberry syrup

our elderberry syrup

I've been reading. A lot. Truth be told, I have a new obsession.

Herbs. Medicine making.

We've been trying to drink more herbal teas and we certainly notice a difference after just a few days. I also made some very delicious elderberry syrup. This is something I have been curious about for ages. After listening to an informal workshop this fall at the Taproot Gathering, I was even more intrigued. Elder berries nourish the cell wall, making it more difficult for viruses to penetrate, aka immune boosting powers. Amazing stuff right? 

This recipe is a combination of two syrup recipes from my favorite herb book. Elder berries are especially effective when combined with echinacea, another immune boosting herb. Ginger is warming and nourishes your respiratory system. All good things for this time of year! We all love this syrup. It really seems to nip a cold if you take it at first onset and it has certainly shortened the life and intensity of the virus bugs that have made their way into our home this fall. If one person gets sick, we all take it and we have not had as much sharing of colds between us, which is wonderful. Best of all, it uses all dried herbs! So you can make it any time of year…. though I do hope to find elder berries next fall to make a fresh + local batch. (my favorite source for dried herbs)

Our Elderberry Syrup

1/2 cup dried elder berries

1 TBSP dried ginger root

1 TBSP dried echinacea root

3 cups water

3/4 cup raw honey

*if using fresh elder berries or roots, double the amount*

*echinacea & ginger should be rough pieces, not powder/ground*

Place elder berries, ginger root & echinacea root into a heavy bottomed pot. Add water & simmer for 30-45 minutes. Be sure to simmer gently & not boil, or you will lose too much of your liquid. Drain the liquid from the herbs using a mesh strainer. Be sure to mash and squish the berries so you get as much goodness from them as you can. You should have about 2 cups of liquid. Let cool until barely warm to the touch. Add your honey, stir well & refrigerate. Your syrup will last 2-3 months. Take 1 tablespoon daily for wellness (immunity), and 1 teaspoon every 2-3 hours if sick. (dosage from here.) It can be drizzled over ice cream, yogurt, or even pancakes! Children under 12 months of age should not have honey, but you can add it to very hot water or chamomile tea for them. (this will kill off any microbes in the honey) For adults & older children, let your tea cool to drinkable temperature before adding so you keep some of the benefits of raw honey intact.

Wishing you good health!

xo,

s

32 thoughts on “our elderberry syrup

  1. hey! this looks great! we have elderberry growing in the backyard. it grows along the fence!!! it’s really pretty. I want to try this!
    I made chai the other day. I used the coffee bean grinder this time. way easier. some things would probably do better in the mortar + pestle though. thanks for the recipe!
    xo, a
    got a bunch of bunny books from the library today! they’re so excited!

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  2. Oh! This is my new obsession as well! I have been slowing entering the waters of medicinal herbs. My calendula was a failure in my garden this summer, but I’ll try again next year. I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeves. I have been reading The Red Tent the past few days and I’ve been inspired by the healing and midwifery done by women long ago. I’m hoping to make some elderberry syrup this month to banish the sickness we’ve been having! Now I just need to find a local friend to join me. It’s slways more fun with a friend!

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  3. It's pretty tasty. I mixed it with frozen berries and spooned it over oatmeal! That was delicious. Bunny books sound fantastic….. very exciting times for those girls of yours!

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  4. You will love the syrup. So easy & fun to make. It would make wonderful gifts for the right kind of friends too! I'm planting calendula in my garden next summer! I hope it's a successful planting….. very new at this herb business, but so excited to be on this journey 🙂

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  5. Thank you for the recipe!! I have been wanting to make my own for a while now..this is perfect! And thank you for the links!! 🙂

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  6. Wow, thank you so much for this recipe. I make elderberry syrup every year, and somehow I hadn’t made it yet this year. Adding in ginger and echinacea seems like a wonderful idea.

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  7. This is my first year, and I am definitely hooked. I warmed up some frozen blueberries and added the syrup to it and spooned it over oatmeal this morning. Big thumbs up from the kiddos! Enjoy 🙂

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  8. I’ve been learning more about herbs these days myself and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book: “Hygieia, A Woman’s Herbal”. I’ve also begun taking swedish bitters and drinking a complementary daily tea. I’m going to share the full story on my blog soon, but suffice it to say that effects have been noticeable. Herbs have a lot of power and are due our respect and appreciation. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I'll have to take a peek at that book for sure! I'm actually hoping to take a course next year and dive into some formal training 🙂 Swedish bitters sound intriguing. Off to look that up….. 

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  10. This sounds really great!
    I loved the wild elderberry trees all over our property in Cali. I did not take advantage of them as I should have back then. My father-in-law did make the most wonderful elderberry wine.
    Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. It sounds wonderful…as I’ve just caught little man’s sore throat!
    Small question…is there a dosage recommendation or is there the usual caveat for pregnant/ nursing mamas to check with a provider before taking the syrup?

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  12. Are you trying to tell me something here 🙂 I double checked my books and there is no mention of avoiding elder berries, ginger or echinacea during breast feeding or pregnancy. One suggested very sensitive mothers-to-be or women with history of miscarriage should use caution with ginger. (source : The essential herb by Holly Bellebuono) I actually used ginger a lot to help with morning sickness myself, it was a life saver for me! I think these herbs are gentle enough (two are truly culinary) to make a decision based on your health & what you feel is right for your body(or bodies as the case may be!). Of course, when in doubt you should consult a professional. Hopefully in a year, I'll be that professional (now you know my secret!)

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  13. Stephinie,
    Thanks for posting this recipe. We’ve made elderberry syrup before, but had not added the ecchinacea and ginger which sound like good additions. That book by Rosemary Gladstar is also my favorite herbal book! I love reading it and returning to it. We buy our herbs from Mountain Rose too, they are such a good source.
    Enjoy your herbs and medicine making. 🙂
    Love,
    Taryn

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  14. I hope you enjoy the syrup Taryn. I recently warmed up some blueberries from the freezer, added this syrup, and then spooned it over everyone's morning bowl of oatmeal. It was delicious!

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  15. Elderberry wine sounds delicious! I have not yet found wild ones, at least that I am sure are elder berries. I need to have someone show me so I'm sure….. but that's why I was so glad to find a recipe from dried ones!

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