Elderberry Syrup

Hey there friend! Long time no see! It’s been a busy summer. I’ll write a post later tonight to catch you up on what’s been going on with us this summer, but I wanted to quickly post a recipe. I’ve had some friends and a few folks online ask me for my Elderberry Syrup recipe, so I thought I’d post it so I could share the link easily.

We use Elderberry Syrup in our house as a means of immune support. I sometimes get lazy about it, and it shows because as soon as I forget to take it or give it to the kids for too long, we all get sick. Case in point, little man got croup on Sunday. Ick. We’re doubling doses for the next few days and adding in some essential oils and I’m sure he’ll be good as new lickety split!

Ok, so here it is. I get all my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs, all organic, and use organic fresh ginger and raw, local honey from a neighbor. It’s good stuff. We take it straight most days, but it’s really good as a substitute for maple syrup on waffles and pancakes too.

Enjoy!

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The Merryfew’s Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry syrup with some oomph! 

  • ½ cup dried elderberries (double for fresh for frozen)
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (chopped) or 1 teaspoon of dried ginger
  • 1 – 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 – 6 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried astragalus*
  • 1 teaspoon dried barberries*
  • 1 teaspoon dried echinacea*
  • 1 teaspoon dried elderflower*
  • 1 teaspoon dried fennel seed*
  • 1 teaspoon dried juniper berries*
  • 1 teaspoon dried licorice root*
  • 1 teaspoon dried rose hips*
  • 1 teaspoon dried wild cherry bark*
  • 1 teaspoon dried yarrow*
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup raw, local honey
    *Optional

Notes:

  • Recipe can be doubled

Directions to make:

  • Combine all ingredients, except honey.
  • Simmer until syrup consistency (about an hour).
  • Strain and cool.
  • Stir in honey.
  • Refrigerate.

Directions to take:

  • Take 1 tablespoon daily for immune support; increase to 2 tablespoons if ill.
  • Half doses for children 2 to 12.

Cautions:

  • Do not give to children under the age of two.
  • If pregnant, leave out the following:
    • Licorice Root
    • Barberry
    • Juniper
    • Fennel Seed
    • Wild Cherry Bark
    • Yarrow
  • If lactating, leave out the following:
    • Clove
    • Wild Cherry Bark
  • Include Echinacea only if making a small batch as the body can build a resistance with regular use.
  • Those with high blood pressure should not include Licorice.
  • Those with kidney disease should not include Juniper Berries.
  • There are books that indicate that Ginger should not be used during early pregnancy for women with a history of miscarriage. Those that are concerned with this may consider adding Bai Zhu instead.

Disclaimers

  • This recipe and above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Please consult with your physician or herbalist before taking this syrup regularly.

 

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