DIY Elderberry Syrup


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AI note

For those with autoimmune disease, elderberry is something to proceed with caution with – if you’re on the paleo autoimmune protocol, treat elderberry (and other immune stimulators) as you would a food you are going to try to reintroduce.

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My eldest sister makes elderberry syrup. She’s cool like that. I asked her about it and she sent the recipe she uses. I opted to zhush it up with star anise because I love the flavor.

DIY Elderberry Syrup

Making a batch of syrup gives more control over ingredient quality and integrity, which I appreciate. Not to mention the money savings. To buy it outright is ridiculously expensive!


1/2 cup dried organic elderberries
3 cups filtered water
1 organic cinnamon stick
3 organic clove buds
1 organic star anise {optional}
1 cup local raw honey {I love honey from the PNW! For this batch I used a blackberry raw honey}


○ Bring berries, water, and spices to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat & simmer for 30 minutes.
○ Break up the elderberries using the back of a wooden spatula. Strain & cool.
○ Stir in the raw honey. *use your muscles* It is important to ensure the honey is not added to a hot elderberry mixture. If there is doubt, temp the mixture. If the elderberry mixture is lower than 115° F. you may add the raw honey. You don’t want to compromise the raw honey’s pollens or enzymes i.e. the benefits!
○ Pour into a glass container with a lid. Stores in the fridge for for 2-3 months.
DIY Elderberry Syrup

We take it daily to give our immune systems a boost. Children {over 1 year, under 12} one teaspoon a day. Adults one tablespoon a day. When we suspect a sickness is brewing, I up the daily dosage {x2 or x3} until symptoms are gone. A perk? It’s not a struggle to get Luv to take her “medicine”. Ha!

Elderberry Syrup is something I cannot imagine not having stocked in my fridge. I am so glad an ND told us about it years ago. I only wish I had made it myself from the get go!

Have you taken Elderberry Syrup before?

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  7 comments for “DIY Elderberry Syrup

  1. March 22, 2013 at 12:10am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I thought you’d be happy to know that sugar beets and the red beets you get at the grocery store that are usually used for coloring are not the same crop! Sugar beets are actually almost white:! I hope it gives you peace to know you didn’t accidentally give your family GMO sugar beets 🙂
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    • March 22, 2013 at 10:50am

      Chrystal! As soon as I saw beets I thought of GMO. Ha! So glad to know they aren’t the same crop. Thank you for clearing that up. I’ve added an edit 🙂
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  2. November 3, 2013 at 8:30pm

    We love our elderberry syrup. I am glad to see this recipe. I might use it next time. Right now I just use a lemon and honey recipe. I really believe it makes a difference in the length and severity of our ilnnesses when they do occur.

    • November 3, 2013 at 8:58pm

      I agree! I actually meant to make some more elderberry syrup this weekend, but spaced it. Tomorrow, for sure! 🙂
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