Everyone likes a tried and true Elderberry syrup recipe. When I first made homemade elderberry syrup it was with my closest friend who has used this recipe for her family for a few years. Since then I’ve played with it a little to make it just how I like it for my own family.
Elderberry is known for its powerful natural health benefits. It is an anti–inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, and antibacterial. One of the most significant health benefits is anticancer activity in certain types of breast cancer. Plus, research has shown it is effective against 10 different strains of influenza. (Elderberry and Health)
Elderberry syrup is simple enough that you can make it with your kids and turn it into a natural health lesson.
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1 TBS of ground ginger
13 Cups of Water
4 Cups Honey
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
The best deal is to purchase a one pound bag of dried elderberry. You will also need cloves, honey, cinnamon sticks, water, and ground ginger. If you like it sweet like me then add another 1/2 cup of honey. Take all of the ingredients, besides the honey, and combine them in a pot. Set it to high and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for 45 minutes.
Just a fair warning, everyone but me says the house gets really stinky.
When the time is up, strain out all of the elderberries and spices. Make sure to diligently squeeze the elderberries against the strainer so all the juice trickles back down into the pot. If you’re using raw local honey wait until it cools to room temperature before you add it in. Pour the syrup into mason jars and store in the fridge.
While I like to make my own elderberry syrup, I don’t always actually do it. Sometimes I’m sick myself or I’m busy with all the other things, so I don’t have time. In these instances, Gaia Brand is my favorite elderberry syrup. The honey thick consistency and sweetened elderberry taste is delicious, especially compared to all the others I’ve tried. If you’re wondering about dosaging it is included on the bottle.
Yes, I have turned this Elderberry syrup recipe into elderberry gummies. You can do the same by following the steps above and then adding in gelatin packets into the syrup. Just follow the liquid-gelatin ratio on the packet. Initially, some of the gummies stuck to the inside of the mold. Since then I line the mold with coconut oil before I pour in the Elderberry syrup. Now they come out with no issue. Allow them to cool for 2 hours in the fridge before you try to remove them from the molds.
This will last a while and probably keep you well stocked for the better part of a year. Unless you share with friends and family as it does make a great gift. If you make it, let me know what you think in the comments. Will you make elderberry syrup or gummies?