Elderberry Syrup is one of our family’s go to during the ‘sick season.’ Not only can Homemade Elderberry Syrup help your body fight off potential colds and flu, it can help jump start your immune system even after you are sick. I’m sharing my Elderberry Syrup Recipe today.
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Elderberries are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are shown to help stimulate the immune system and help you kick the cold and flu more quickly.
We are in the midst of flu season where I live, with the worst months being March and April. It’s time to make sure we are well stocked up on Elderberry Syrup. Since I needed to make a batch anyway, I thought I’d share my Elderberry Syrup recipe with you to show just how easy it is to make.
An Elderberry Syrup Recipe That Is Cost Effective.
For the same price as a bottle of Elderberry tincture, I can make several cups of homemade Elderberry syrup, that tastes great! I’ve purchased Elderberry tinctures that nobody in my house would touch with a ten foot pole they tasted so bad. This recipe not only tastes fantastic, it will make your house smell heavenly. Score!
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Let’s get to it, shall we?
1 Cup Organic dried black elderberries .
3 1/2 Cups Filtered water
Juice From 1/2 of an Organic Lemon
2T Freshly Grated Organic Ginger
1 Organic Cinnamon Stick
1T Organic Ground Cloves
1/2 Cup raw honey My parents rent out some of their land to a bee keeper in return for fresh honey. It’s what I used.
Tip: You could switch out the lemon juice for dehydrated lemon peel OR orange peel to switch things up! Add the dehydrated lemon or orange peel to the Instant Pot with the rest of the ingredients.
1. Bring the water, black elderberries, ginger and spices to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow contents to simmer until reduced by about half. This will take about 45 minutes to an hour.
You do NOT want to add the honey or the lemon juice while the other ingredients are still simmering. You’ll destroy all the benefits of the honey and lemon juice.
3. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool until it is lukewarm. Strain the juice into a bowl. Make sure to squeeze every bit of goodness out of those dried berries. Toss the used berries into the compost heap.
4. Add the cup of honey and the lemon juice and stir until it has dissolved. Store in the fridge in a lidded glass jar. It should stay good for about 2 months
Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup Directions
1. Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT the honey and lemon juice to the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Secure and lock the IP lid in place.
2. Close the pressure release valve.
3. Set to Manual for 20 minutes
4. When done, allow to naturally depressurize.
5. Strain off and discard the elderberries, ginger and spices. Then toss them in the compost pile!
6. Allow to cool before blending in honey and lemon juice. Remember, adding the honey and lemon juice to the hot syrup will kill off all of the honey’s beneficial enzymes.
7. Add honey and lemon juice and stir until blended.
8. Store in a glass jar in the fridge.
Tip: The recipe above uses DRIED berries. If using fresh, I would decrease the IP time to around half.
Elderberry Syrup Dosage
Our family takes the standard daily dose which is 1/2-1 teaspoon for kids and 1/2-1 Tablespoon for adults. If we do get sick then we up our dose to every 2-3 hours instead of just once a day until we are better.
Elderberry syrup is a pretty gentle remedy. I’ll always advice to check with a doctor when giving it children. Although about the only thing I’ve seen with Parker is that we have to be careful with his dose so as not to irritate his Ulcerative Colitis.
What natural home remedies do you make for your family?