Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup RecipeFor most moms, there’s no time to be sick — or worse — have a sick child. Luckily, there’s a home remedy that can help your family prevent or lessen the effects of what goes around during cold & flu season.

Alia Einstein-Diez shares her recipe for homemade Elderberry syrup.

Elderberry has been found effective against a wide range of influenza viruses including human, swine and avian strains. For centuries, people have made the cold remedy using just elderberries, water and honey. This recipe is a slight variation on the ancient elderberry theme to give it more flavor and immunological punch.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe


  • 1 cup dried blue elderberries
  • 1/2 cup rosehips
  • 5 sticks cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • a few pinches grated ginger root
  • 5 sticks astragalus root
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-2 cups honey



  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the herbs.
  2. Cover the pot and reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for at least half an hour, strain out the herbs and pour the liquid back into the pot.
  4. Continue to simmer with the lid off until reduced to 2 cups.
  5. Add 1-2 cups of honey and warm until well integrated.
  6. Bottle, refrigerate, and use within a couple of months.

Adults take 2-4 tablespoons daily. Children take 2 teaspoons daily.

*Honey is only for children 1 year and up.

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Alia Einstein-Diez

Alia Einstein-Diez

Alia Einstein-Diez founder of Gaia's Kiss teaches how to make bath and body products on Craftsy, where she has the highest selling workshops on the website. Alia lives in Denver with her husband, daughter, son and shetland sheepdog.
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  1. says

    Great recipe. I like the addition of astragalus root and rose hips. We make a similar syrup but without these two ingredients and use fresh berries instead of dried ones. Love this site!

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