So, my kids and I have been trading around sickness for WEEKS. We’re finally on the up (after 6 weeks of my son coughing and being miserable.. SIX weeks!) and although I can’t attribute our health rise to Elderberry syrup, because I’ve changed a LOT of things (new essential oils for health, went gluten free/paleo, plus just the chance that our immune systems finally got ahold of it after 6 weeks) it is something I am trying. A friend suggested it as a once daily supplement when not sick and up to 4x a day when you are sick.
The point in the past 6 weeks when I went out and spent $24.99 on four measly ounces – I was obviously desperate. If you recall 2nd grade math you can deduce that it comes out to about $6.25/oz without outrageous NY tax. That’s when I started searching for how much it would cost to make my own.
Homemade, Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup
- 2/3 cup (about 3oz) of dried Elderberries (try to find the best source available – no. GMO, Organic, all that – I got mine from Amazon)
- 3 1/2 cups of Water
- 1/2 TSP Cinnamon (antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antibicrobiotic, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal properties, can counteract histamine reactions)
- 1/2 TSP Ginger (antiinflammatory, antioxidant, can inhibit growth of bacteria that causes many infections including respiratory ones)
- 1/4 TSP Nutmeg (aids in Liver and Kidney detox)
- 1/8 TSP Tumeric (antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties)
- 1 cup Raw, Local Honey (I got mine from a local cider mill that has a little shop in it. The raw local-ness of is it will act as a natural allergy immunity builder to local seasonal allergies that are naturally found in raw honey. If you don’t buy local you won’t get the same allergy immunity benefits – $22 for 32oz or $0.69/oz – so this recipe would use $5.52 worth)
The recipe is super easy. It takes about an hour to make but most of that you’re not even tending to it.
Place filtered water and elderberries in a pot and bring to a boil. Add spices and reduce to a low boil/simmer. Set a timer for about 30-45 min and check when it goes off how much the syrup has reduced. You basically want to just boil off half of the liquid to make a concentrated solution. Once the solution has reduced, turn off the heat and let it cool until it is warm to the touch. Pour the solution through a fine mesh strainer and make sure you squish down the elderberries to get all the juices out. Whisk in your honey (I used an immersion blender and made a DARN MESS! But it did incorporate well).
Store in a mason jar in the fridge. Will last about 2 weeks in the fridge. I’m giving the kids 1 TBSP a day and myself 2 TBSP a day.
- Spices – had on hand
- Mason jar – had on hand
- Elderberries – $24.99/16oz bag or 1.56/oz and we use 3 oz so $4.67 worth for this recipe
- Honey – $22 for 32oz or $0.69/oz – so this recipe would use $5.52 worth
- Total = $10.19 for about 20 oz which *boils* down to $0.51/oz!!!!!! Which means the health food store stuff is marked up 1150%!!!!??? Nope nope nope!
Next I want to try to add some Vitamin C in the form of fresh organge juice, but not sure if that would taste awesome or nasty! 🤢
If you try it let me know if you and your kids like it! It took us a few doses to get used to it but now they swallow it down no problem! We even used it to make homemade gummies!