How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Immune System Support

elderberry syrup in jar


In the realm of natural remedies, elderberries are a powerhouse for immune health. Bursting with phenolic acids and flavonoids, elderberries offer a robust source of antioxidants that combat oxidative stress in the body. While elderberry may not be a magical cure for the flu, clinical research sheds light on its potential to reduce flu-like symptoms and shorten duration if administered within the crucial 48-hour window. Further, some evidence suggests it might help reduce the severity of colds and the duration by as many as 2 days.

Before we dive into the process of concocting elderberry syrup, it's essential to emphasize that elderberry should not replace professional medical advice. If you suspect the flu or experience any flu-like symptoms, seeking medical attention is paramount. Elderberry's role is as a complementary wellness aid, not a substitute for appropriate medical care.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

The standard dose is ½ – 1 teaspoon for kids and ½ – 1 tablespoon for adults.


¼ cup dried elderberries

1 cup water

2-3 TBSP sugar or honey

Lemon essential oil to taste – start with one drop

1 inch of fresh ginger, sliced (optional)


Add elderberries, ginger if using, and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Let it sit uncovered for 15-20 minutes until the liquid has been reduced by almost half.

Remove from heat and let cool until it's lukewarm.

Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Then, pour through a strainer or cheesecloth into a glass jar or bowl. Discard the elderberries. 

Add the sugar or honey and lemon oil and stir well.

Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune-boosting properties.