Organic elderberry syrup is full of nutrients that will rev up your immune system so you can stay healthy. It’s easy to make and tastes great!

Staying well with good nutrition is part of the nutrition wedge of the wellness wheel. Ain’t nobody got time to be sick. My wife and I make this elderberry syrup all the time and we take a tablespoon a day during cold and flu season.

organic elderberry syrup on the table

If we happen to get a cold, we take a tablespoon three times a day and it helps us heal up faster. Kids can take a teaspoon a day the same way.

Of course, always check with your doctor before using something like that, and always take the medications you are prescribed or go see a doctor if you run a fever for more than a day. We make our own organic elderberry syrup so we know exactly what’s in it. You can grow your own elderberries too.

My wife is allergic to cinnamon and store-bought syrup contains it. So do most people’s recipes. Cinnamon does have wellness benefits, but if you can’t take it, you can’t take it.

ingredients in elderberry syrup in a pan on the stove

Elderberry syrup with lemon

We like to add some peeled orange zest and lemon zest to our elderberry syrup. We like the flavor, and the oils in those peels do have health benefits as well.

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Organic elderberry syrup is full of nutrients that will rev up your immune system so you can stay healthy. It’s easy to make and doesn’t taste too bad.

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We use organic ingredients because this is a concentrate and while we can’t afford or even get all organics, we do try to use them when it really matters. We buy organic dried elderberries and are working on growing our own. And we also use organic raw honey and other ingredients for the most health benefits possible.

straining elderberries and other ingredients for syrup
strained fresh elderberry syrup being stirred with a spoon

Best elderberry syrup

Homemade organic elderberry syrup on the table with ginger and dried elderberries

Organic Elderberry Syrup

Christina Kamp
Nutritious elderberry syrup to support your immune system with organic ingredients that promote health.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 3 cups


  • 3 1/2 c water
  • 2/3 c dried elderberries
  • 2 T grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • zest one orange and one lemon
  • 1 c raw honey


  • Bring water,elderberries ginger, cloves and orange peel to boil in a pan.
  • Cover and simmerfor 45 minutes to 1 hour or until liquid is about ½.
  • Remove from heat and letcool until you can mash berries.
  • Pour through a strainer and discard what it catches.
  • Cool to lukewarm. BE CAREFUL to make sure it’s lukewarm. Cold syrupwon’t dissolve the honey into the mixture, but hot syrup will kill the beneficial qualities of raw honey. Make sure it’s still warm, but under 120 degrees.
  • Mix honey into syrup well.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 months.Take 1 T daily for immune boosting or 1 T three times a day if you are sick. Kids can take a teaspoon a day.
Keyword cloves, elderberry syrup, ginger, lemon zest, orange zest, organic elderberry syrup, raw honey

Fresh elderberries

You can substitute fresh elderberries or frozen elderberries for dried ones. Just use 1 1/3 cups in place of the 2/3 cups of dried elderberries.

I love the difference in my wellness when I take my elderberry syrup regularly. And making it is fun. You can make it into elderberry gummies as well. Check out how and give it a try.

Me: I got chills, they’re multiplying, and I’m losing control. ‘Cause the power you’re supplying, it’s electrifying!

Dr: You have swine flu.

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