Elderberry Herbal Syrup

This is a wonderful year round herbal preparation to prevent colds and flu's.  Elderberry syrup is anti-viral, warming and loaded with flavanoids and anti-oxidants.  Try to use organic for all ingredients when possible.


. 1/2 cup of dried elderberries (if you use fresh or frozen make it a cup)

. 1 cinnamon stick

. 5 cloves

. 1 TBSP fresh grated ginger

. 2 cups water

. 1 cup wild honey  (I like organic manuka honey)


Put all ingredients into a pot except the honey then cover and bring to a boil

Reduce to a simmer and leave covered until liquid reduces to half (approximately 20-30 minutes)

Strain liquid into a bowl and tamp it down well to get out all the juice.

Add the 1 cup of honey and stir

You can compost the remains if you like.


Store your Elderberry Syrup in a closed jar in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.  Take a teaspoon to a tablespoon a day as a preventative.  If you do catch a cold take it every few hours.