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Elderberry Syrup Cold & Flu Remedy
September 13, 2021

Elderberries are a fantastic remedy for cold and flu!  In-fact you may be having them regularly without realising it.   The Sambucus nigra plant is the key ingredient in Sambucol cough lozenges – a go to for many of us to help combat cold and flu symptoms!  So here is your own remedy without any nasties or refined sugars – just the good stuff.   Plus it’s cost effective & you can customise it for example, I’ve added Star Anise and Cinnamon Sticks – think ‘elderberry chai’!

Elderberry is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and quercetin, which may explain how it is helpful for sinus infections, lowering blood sugar, improving heart health, inflammation and easing allergies.

It’s sweet to taste (and a little bitter) so especially easy for the kids to take.

Enjoy elderberry syrup as a regular tonic, or add it into smoothies or with gelatin as sweet jubes (see notes).

Elderberry Syrup Cold & Flu Remedy
Preparation:  5 minutes

Cooking:  45 – 60 minutes

Quantity:  approx. 2 cups


  •  cups filtered water
  • 2/3 cup dried elderberries (purchase online or your health food store)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger finely grated
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp powdered cinnamon 
  • 4-5 fresh cloves
  • 3 star anise (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup raw filtered honey


  1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add all ingredients except the honey.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil and reduce to a simmer.  Leave it to simmer for about 45 to 60 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow to cool to touch.
  4. Gently crush the berries with the back of a spoon and strain into a glass jug or bowl.  Gently crush the strained berries a little more and discard.
  5. When the liquid is lukewarm, add the honey and stir well.  (If the liquid has cooled too much for the honey to dissolve, return to the saucepan and gently heat enough to dissolve the honey.  Taste.  If too bitter or unpalatable, add another tbsp of honey or so until palatable.
  6. When the ingredients are well mixed pour your elderberry syrup into a glass jar with a lid and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  7. Take approximately 1 Tbsp a day through the change of seasons to boost immunity or when feeling unwell see the note below.


  • Standard dose is approximately ½ – 1 teaspoon for kids and ½ – 1 tablespoon for adults (go by weight). If the sickness does strike, take every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
  • Turn your syrup into jubes / lozenges by taking 1/3 cup of the syrup and add 1 Tbsp gelatin powder, gently warm until fully dissolved.  Pour into chocolate moulds, place in the fridge for up to an hour or until firm to touch and set.

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