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Benefits of Elderberry Syrup and Recipe

By Fredrica Syren:

Last winter all three kids and I got sick at the same time. We ended up with a loooooong three weeks of coughing, sneezing and that overall icky feeling. My friend Corri brought me a bottle of her homemade elderberry syrup to help with the cough and to get us back on our feet. I never had heard of elderberry syrup before, but at the time I was happy to take anything that would make my little ones and me feel better. Not only did it taste amazing, but also it helped with that stubborn cough. Soon we felt better, but my kids still begged for a sip of the elderberry syrup (or, as my 4-year-old calls it, elly-belly syrup). Corri told me that elderberry syrup also boosts the immune system, that it is good to take at times other than when you have a cold. Well, now I have learned more about this miracle syrup and plan to make my own this year.

Elderberry syrup is made from the dark berries of the elderberry bush. The berries and flowers are well known for their health benefits and many uses in food, wine, and even as medicine. Elderberries contain tannin, amino acids, flavonoids, as well as vitamins A, B and a large amount of Vitamin C; and are rich in antioxidants that can boost the immune system. During late summer, clusters of berries begin to ripen where the flowers used to be. They must be cooked, though, before used because they’re poison when consumed raw.

To prevent illness and boost the immune system, take 1 tsp. a day; when fighting illness, take up to 3 tsp. a day. The recipe below contains raw honey, which is not recommended for children under the age of 12 months.

Elderberry syrup recipe from The Healthy Home Economist:

picture from http://www.loveandwildhoney.com
picture from http://www.loveandwildhoney.com

Makes about 6-8 small bottles of elderberry syrup


  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup organic dried elderberries or 1 cup fresh, ripe elderberries
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 3/4 – 1 cup raw, local, unfiltered honey


Place elderberries and filtered water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes. Mash the elderberries to release any remaining juice. Using cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a glass bowl. When the liquid has come to room temperature, gently stir in the raw honey and mix thoroughly.

Store in labeled 8- or 12-ounce amber glass bottles.

This mixture will last many months in a cool, dark pantry or in the refrigerator.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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  1. I just harvested about a cup and a half today, and wasn’t sure what to do with my haul. This is perfect, and perfect timing, too!

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