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Elderberry Syrup - Recipe Included

By now, I am sure you have seen some posts regarding elderberries and syrup. It's amazing for helping to boost the immune system. In the winter months with the lack of vitamin D containing sunlight, less exercise due to the weather, lack of readily available fresh produce and of course stress, we are more susceptible to illness at this time.

That is where something natural like elderberry syrup can help! In an article from The Science of Eating,"Science has just recently verified what folk medicine has known for centuries, Black Elderberry ‘Laciniata’ is a potent antiviral medicine and works against some strains of bacteria as well."

According to Progressive Health "Laboratory studies show that elderberry extract exhibits a total antiviral activity against influenza viruses. Elderberry can inhibit the growth of bacteria associated with upper respiratory tract infections. That bacteria usually worsen flu episodes and can cause flu-like symptoms. We know that elderberry can prevent bacteria from adhering to cells, ensuring that influenza viruses cannot infect cells and cause symptomatic disease. In addition, it can prevent influenza viruses from gaining entry into respiratory tract and systemic circulation by preventing them from sticking to the soft tissues of the nose and throat. To achieve these significant reductions in viral production, elderberry blocks essential growth factors that the viruses need to reproduce."


If you would like to read some studies on Elderberries, I have included them below.

  1. Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections

  2. Inhibitory activity of a standardized elderberry liquid extract against clinically-relevant human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B viruses

  3. A Simple Berry Helps Fight the Flu - Progressive Health

  4. Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial

If you are not inclined to make your own, look into Sambucol brand at your local health food market or co-op. If you are wanting to make your own, here is a recipe I adapted from somewhere. I wish I could remember so I could to give proper credit to the original. Happy cooking. :)

Elderberry syrup 3 cups water 1 cup black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) 1 tablespoon peeled and chopped ginger (Zingiber officinale) 3 cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) 1 stick cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) 1 1/4 cups (or more) raw, organic honey Add all ingredients to sauce pan except honey. Cover and simmer, reducing liquid by ½. Strain. This is now your “tea” which should be about 1 ½ cups. A little more or less is fine. Add honey making sure it is at least 60% of your TOTAL mixture, adjusting as necessary. This will help preserve it. Under correct conditions it should last up to a year. Refrigerate and date.

Please source your berries from a reputable place. Non-ripe berries can toxic. Also fresh berries can contain small amounts of cyanogenic glycosides, which may cause nausea and diarrhea when eaten in large amounts. (1) Dried and/or cooked berries along with flowers are nontoxic.

Ginger, cloves and cinnamon have no contraindications in this amount. Please note that honey is not safe for children under 1 years of age. If you have any autoimmune issues, please do your research to make sure this won't cause further problems if you take it.


Typically a dose of this syrup is 1 teaspoon, 3 times a day for children 1 - 10 years of age. 11 and older is generally 1 tablespoon, 3 times a day. (1) That is how we use it when needed. Again, please do not give to babies under 1 year of age. Please seek medical attention immediately if you feel it is warranted.

Please feel free to send me any questions at Have a wonderful and healthy winter season!!!

Love and light,


This information is not meant to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Since the actual use of this product by others is beyond our control, no expressed or implied guarantee as to the effects of their use can be given nor liability taken. Use at your own discretion. Any application of the recommendations is at the user’s risk. Sweet Willow Spirit, LLC disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of this information and assumes no responsibility for any actions taken. This should not be used in place of traditional therapies but solely as a complementary means for bringing well-being. The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of any oil or healing modality.

(1)Kuhn, Merrily A. and Winston, David Herbal (2008) "Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)" Therapy & Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach 2nd Edition edited by Margaret Zuccarini (pp 172-176).

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