Elderberry Benefits and How to Make Elderberry Syrup

Sambucus Nigra (known by the common name of Black Elderberry)

Sambucus Nigra (known by the common name of Black Elderberry)

Elderberry is a medicinal plant is known for its ability to help support the upper respiratory tract as well as being super high in antioxidants and vitamin c, and it tastes delicious! Varieties of sambucus grow all over the US, Europe, and Australia but the black variety is the one prized for its health benefits.

Elderberries are the fruit of the flowering Sambucus plant. If you are forgaging or growing your own please use caution and make sure you are identifying correctly as they do not all hold the same medicinal benefits as the black variety.

I love to make things with this plant because it tastes so delicious and is quite versatile. I even made a cordial and a simple syrup out of the fresh flowers this year! In the past I have experimented making tinctures, syrups, and cough drops. Despite all these great ideas, I have to say that my go-to recipe is elderberry syrup.

Benefits of Elderberry

  • High in antioxidants

  • Aids digestion

  • High in Vitamin C

  • Safe for children

  • Helps to shorten the duration of flu and cold

  • Good for upper respiratory health

  • Mildly laxative, diuretic and diaphoretic (inducing perspiration)

How To Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup

  • 1 cup dried black elderberries ( if you have access to fresh or frozen increase to 1 and 2/3 cups

  • 3 and 1/2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons fresh (or slightly less dried) ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamom pods

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

Steps To Make Elderberry Syrup

  1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan with the elderberries, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon.

  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer. Let the herbs simmer for about 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half.

  3. Remove from heat and let cool.

  4. Pour through a mesh or fine metal strainer. Make sure to press the berries to get all the liquid out!

  5. Discard the cooked herbs and add in the honey and mix until combined.

  6. When the mixture is combined completely you can put it into a glass container to store. A quart sized Mason jar will work well.

  7. Store your elderberry syrup in the fridge.

Elder Flower

Elder Flower

Please note that dosage varies for adults and children. Children should be taking only 1/2 tsp and adults 1/2 to 1 tbsp.

Raw honey is not advised for children under one years old.

This is not medical advice just a simple recipe on how to make an herbal syrup. Please check in with a well-versed health care practitioner to see if elderberry is right for you!


Heres another Amazing and Fun recipe to keep you healthy this winter…

Elderberry Gummies!

Ingredients-

  • 50 grams of dried elderberries- about a 1/2 cup

  • 30 grams of dried rose hips (about 1/3 cup)

  • 15 grams of cinnamon (about a 1/4 cup)

  • 7 grams of licorice root (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 1/2 gram of freshly ground pepper (about 1 teaspoon)

  • 3 cups of apple juice -3 tablespoons of gelatin (for Step 2)

    Step 1: Make the Juice- Place all the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for twenty minutes. Remove from heat and let cool a bit. Strain through cheesecloth or jelly bag. Squeeze well to extract the juice.

Step 2: Make the Gummies- Measure out 2 cups of the above juice. Add more apple juice if necessary so you have the full 2 cups.Reserve 1/2 cup of the juice in a pyrex measuring glass. Put it in the fridge until it is cold. Once it is cold, sprinkle the gelatin over the juice and let sit for 1 minute. Bring the rest of the juice to a simmer. Then pour the hot juice over the cooled juice and gelatin, stirring briskly with a whisk. Continue to whisk swiftly for about 2 minutes or until the gelatin is completely dissolved. If desired add sugar or honey. Pour the mixture into silicon molds OR pour into a glass pan. Put them in the fridge to harden. Remove them from the molds. (If using a glass pan, cut them into cubes.)
Store in a closed container in the fridge. They should last several weeks. I recommend eating 1-3 small gummies a day.

Recipe from https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/gummy-bear-recipe/