I love to make elderberry syrup! Elderberry extract has been shown to reduce cold and flu symptoms, and it may help you get over your symptoms faster, when taken at the first sign of illness.
I love these two versions of elderberry syrup from Mountain Rose Herbs. I love how they have linked the ingredients to their page-- it’s so easy to find and order everything you need!
Makes about 3 cups of syrup without alcohol, 4 cups with alcohol.
Active Time: 1 hour
2 cups dried organic elderberries
4 cups cold water (distilled, purified, or spring water works best)
2-3 tsp. organic dried ginger root
1 cup raw, local honey (or organic maple syrup or agave for a vegan/infant-friendly recipe); double the amount of sweetener to increase shelf life
1 cup vodka or brandy (optional to increase shelf life)
Pro tip: This recipe is easy to multiply if you’d like to make a big batch to store or give as gifts (glass pantry jars and amber bottles are great choices!). My family enjoys a teaspoon or two of this syrup, right out of the fridge, just about every day during the sniffle season.
3 Tbsp. organic elderberries
2 Tbsp. organic rosehips
2 Tbsp. organic wild cherry bark
2 Tbsp. organic Echinacea purpurea root
1 Tbsp. organic mullein leaf
1 Tbsp. organic licorice root
1 organic sweet cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1 tsp. organic ginger root
1 pint raw, local honey
Brandy (optional preservative)
Suggestions: I like to drink 1-2 teaspoons every hour or so throughout the day, or as much as needed to wrangle mild throat irritation.
Even if you choose to leave out the optional brandy, this throat syrup is NOT intended for children under 1 year of age! Honey is not safe for babies.