How to Make and Use Elderberry Syrup

How to Make and Use Elderberry Syrup //
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Last week, I brought you the health benefits of elderberry. This week, as promised, I wanted to bring you the first simple DIY elderberry recipe to save you money and boost your health and wellness. Read on and learn how to make and use elderberry syrup at home…

One of the most popular and simple recipes you can make to boost immunity is Elderberry Syrup. It’s so simple to make and its uses are really versatile.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe


  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cups dried elderberry (like this)
  • 2-4 heaping T manuka honey (like this)

Optional ingredients:


  1. Combine all ingredients, except honey, and blend well.
  2. Pour into medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes or until liquid has decreased by about half.
  4. Remove from heat and strain. I recommend using a cheesecloth.
  5. Once the mixture is lukewarm, stir in honey.
  6. Mix well and keep in a glass container in the fridge. It will last several months.

How to Use

  • Adult dose: 1/2 T- 1 T every 2-3 hours until symptoms subside
  • Kids dose: 1/2 tsp-1 tsp every 3 hours until symptoms subside
  • Add to or in place of pancake syrup (I recommend holding the turmeric if this is the case!) for fluffy grain-free pancakes
  • Add to yogurt, smoothies, and oatmeal
  • Make into ice cubes and add to water, tea, or lemonade
  •  Stir into your favorite tea
  • Give your condiments a boost by adding in 1/4 tsp at a time to taste
  • Drizzle over fruit or ice cream
  • Swirl in orange juice to make a ‘Purple Sunrise’

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Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. Helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest, happiest life is her greatest ambition.

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Author: Melissa Schollaert

I'm Melissa—Holistic Health Coach & loving mama. My passion is to help others thrive through strategic eating (not dieting), living a toxic free life & creating healthier families.

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