Homemade Elderberry Syrup
For 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
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the herbs.
- Cover the pot and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Simmer for at least half an hour, strain out the herbs and pour the liquid back into the pot.
- Continue to simmer with the lid off until reduced to 2 cups.
- Add 1-2 cups of honey and warm until well integrated.
- 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.
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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