Elderberry Syrup Recipe | Living Essência

Elderberry Syrup Recipe | Living Essência

I'm all about finding natural ways to keep my family healthy, so when I found out about elderberry syrup, I loved the idea of it, and since it tastes like a sweet treat, it was super easy for us all to get hooked!

In this blog post, I'm sharing a tried and true recipe, and all the tools you need to make your own at home. 


Elderberries are known for helping boost our immune system and to treat cold, flu, hay fever, sinus infection, and even some aches. There are a few of studies done, and particularly read the ones done in Norway and Australia, if you would like to do some googling :)

Elderberries are common to Europe and North America, and very often consumed as jam or wine. As for me, I like to use the leftover cooked elderberries from my syrup to make hot tea (and I suppose ice tea fans will also like it. Truth be told, I'm a lover of hot tea). Yum Yum

In this post I will share the recipe I use & the very berries I buy (because I've bought a couple of different ones and found one particular brand was a little bitter and the the berries were not well selected, and we only want the best of the best in our syrup!). With that being said, there are some affiliate links in this post and if you purchase from it, I may make a small commission.

To get started, you will need:

Elderberries, a medium size pot, spoon (I like to use a big steel spoon), a bowl, a strainer, a glass jar, local honey, and spices (although you can do without them).

I like to use a very fine mesh strainer to make sure no seeds or pulp will get through and these do the job pretty well. For best flavor, I find that avoiding using cloth to strain the berries works best.

Note on honey: I like to use local honey, so it helps with seasonal allergies too. If you plan on giving elderberry syrup to children younger than 12 months old, you can skip the honey altogether or use maple syrup instead. 

Spices: I really like the taste of cinnamon, so this is pretty much the one spice I always use. Second comes ginger. Cloves also add some great taste. Besides tasting good, these spices also have some health benefits, so it's good to add them, although it won't be too bad if you are out and forgot to add them to your grocery list, you can still make your syrup without them.

Another thing I like to add to my syrup are essential oils. My very favorite is Thieves. It's made with Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. It's packed full of benefits, including boosting the immune system, supporting the respiratory system & fighting microbes. When I add it to my syrup, I like how it masks the sweetness from honey and adds a spicy flavor to it. Note that I only add a couple of drops to the syrup my husband and I take, and shake it well before each use. For my daughter's, since she is so little, I don't add essential oils to her syrup.

A little back story here...

Around Valentine's day this year, our family was ready to go on a ski trip. A very longed for, well planned, and well deserved trip to spend time with family and enjoy a much loved ski adventure- only for my husband to come home with the flu on the very day we were supposed to leave.

As some of you may know, we live in a tiny cabin, so he kicked my daughter and I out of the house to keep us from getting sick too. I made sure to leave him with elderberry syrup, and thieves and lemon essential oils.

He took the syrup every day, drank lemon tea, and for my surprise, he even rubbed Thieves essential oil on his back and the bottoms of his feet!

Surprisingly (or not), he had the Flu A, and we were all bummed to know he felt well enough to go skiing, but had to be home to not get anyone else sick. I mean, we were really happy to know that he wasn't feeling miserable and even got to do some yard work and house projects while my daughter and I were away.  He was feeling normal again within 2 or three days.

Ok, now for the recipe, after all, this is why you are here, right?

Ingredients:

⅔ cup of dried organic elderberries 

3½ cups of water

1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)*

4 whole cloves (or ½ tsp of ground clove)*

2 tbs grated ginger**

1 cup raw honey (local honey is the best, because it may help with seasonal allergies)

To make this recipe is pretty simple, 

1- In a pot add water, elderberries, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger (note that if you are using essential oils, do not add them now!)

2- Bring it to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 45 min to 1 hour (until the liquid has reduced in half).

3- When liquid is about half, remove from heat and let it cool a bit. Just so you don't hurt yourself while trying to strain and squeeze it.

4- Strain very well using a fine mesh strainer. Use the back of a steel spoon (you can also use a wooden spoon, but I like the steel to avoid any extra taste). You want to make sure to squeeze out all the juice from the berries.

5- Remove berries from strainer and set aside. You can discard them, or you can save it all (or some of it) to make tea later! Where are all my tea fans??? o/

6- Pour the juice through strainer into a glass container.

7- Let it cool until lukewarm.

 8- Now it's time to add the honey and mix well. If you are using essential oils, you may add them now as well.

9- Keep it in an airtight glass container/mason jar/glass bottle in the fridge.

Notes:

- For children under 1 year old, or to make it vegan, use maple syrup instead of honey. 

- Standard dose is Children: ½ tsp - 1 tsp; Adults: ½ tbsp - 1 tbsp, once every two days, or take for a few days and skip a couple days. When feeling sick, our family takes the same dose 3-4 times a day for 5 days. 

*You can substitute cinnamon and clove for 2 drops of Thieves Essential oil. If you use Essential oils, make sure to add it at the same time you add honey, when the mixture is cool.

- Instant Pot: add all ingredients (except honey and or essential oils) to pot and cook on high for 7 minutes.

Elderberries                                        Fine Mesh Strainer

                              

Organic Cinnamon Sticks             Organic Whole Cloves          

                             

Here are a few essential oils that can be added for some extra yummyness and support:

Clove: Extra antioxidantes!

Copaiba: Healers in the Amazon use copaiba resin for all types of pain and inflammatory disorders. It supports the body's natural response to inflammation. So good for so many things!

Frankincense: This is considered the "holy anointing oil" for a reason. Frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times... what else can I say?

Thieves: Immune System powerhouse! I'm never without this one, especially during seasons of sickness. 

Orange: it's yummy, it's happy, and it gently cleanses the body 

Nutmeg: so many benefits! It can even help us sleep better!

Ginger: one of its benefit is to support the digestive system, so good because so much of our overall health is related to our gut health. 



Elderberries                                        Fine Mesh Strainer

                              

Organic Cinnamon Sticks             Organic Whole Cloves          

                             

Here are a few essential oils that can be added for some extra yummyness and support:

Clove: Extra antioxidantes!

Copaiba: Healers in the Amazon use copaiba resin for all types of pain and inflammatory disorders. It supports the body's natural response to inflammation. So good for so many things!

Frankincense: This is considered the "holy anointing oil" for a reason. Frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times... what else can I say?

Thieves: Immune System powerhouse! I'm never without this one, especially during seasons of sickness. 

Orange: it's yummy, it's happy, and it gently cleanses the body 

Nutmeg: so many benefits! It can even help us sleep better!

Ginger: one of its benefit is to support the digestive system, so good because so much of our overall health is related to our gut health. 

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