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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

A easy step by step guide on How to make Elderberry Syrup from dry berries. This Elderberry Syrup has a lot of natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties – plus your kids will love!

Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

As a mom I try to do all I can to make sure that my family stays healthy. We take vitamins, supplements, and use essential oils on a daily basis. If you want to learn more about essential oils or the best oils to use for beginners go here. I share all my deets! 🙂

Another thing we do to stay healthy, especially during the colder months is make homemade elderberry syrup. 

What is elderberry?

Elderberry is a berry that is loaded antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help ward off sickness. I buy them dry online and then make my own homemade syrup. 

What is Elderberry Syrup?

Elderberry Syrup has been used for centuries as a natural homeopathic remedy to treat both the cold and flu. The syrup is believed to decrease the intensity as well as the duration of an infection if it’s taken within 48 hours of the first symptoms, or also said ward off sickness if taken daily.
close up of homemade elderberry syrup

How to Make Elderberry Syrup:

This recipe turns into one syrup “superhero” to fight off sickness. Our little family has been taking spoonfuls of this daily the past couple of months and my 8 year old LOVES it! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Add dry elderberries, water, cinnamon sticks and honey to a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Let mixture cool. Strain the whole elderberries through a sieve so you are left with just the liquid.
  4. Add essential oils to the mixture. (lemon, citrus, cinnamon bark, clove and thieves)
  5. Store syrup in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

How Many Times a Day Should I Take Elderberry Syrup?

  1. It is recommended up to 2 tablespoons of elderberry syrup per day for adults.
  2. For children 2+ in age it is recommended 1 teaspoon per day.

You can buy a 1lb. bag of dry elderberries on amazon –> click here to buy it now!

Elderberry Syrup is something our family takes on a daily basis. It’s loaded with nutrients that our bodies needs and high in anti-oxidants which is great to fight sickness. If you have any questions about this super powered syrup don’t hesitate to ask.

homemade elderberry syrup in a container

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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Essentials Oils
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


A recipe for how to make Elderberry Syrup with elderberries, honey and essential oils. A natural antioxidant anti-inflammatory immune boosting syrup your kids will love!


  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 drops of lemon oil
  • 4 drops of citrus oil
  • 4 drops cinnamon bark oil
  • 2 drops of clove oil
  • 2 drops of thieves oil


  1. To a large sauce pan add dry elderberries, water, honey and cinnamon stick.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture into a large bowl or mason jar.
  4. Add lemon oil, citrus oil, cinnamon bark oil, clove oil, and thieves oil. Stir everything together.
  5. Store elderberry syrup in an air tight container (I store mine in a large mason jar) for up to 3 months.


* Stir before using.

** Adults can take up to 2 tablespoons per day. Childcare can take 1 teaspoon per day.


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon (adult) 1 teaspoon (children 2+)

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